Visions of the Eternal Law Firm: The Future of Law Firm Screens
25 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2008 Last revised: 22 Feb 2009
Date Written: 1994
Exponential increases in the size of law firms has brought with it exponential increases in the potential for conflicts of interest. Nonconsensual fire walls that screen off a tainted lawyer should be reconsidered as a solution. Regulatory responses to these proposals may make screens dependent on client consent and smaller law firms a better alternative.
Keywords: Screens, Conflict of Interest, Former Clients, Current Clients, Disqualification, Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, Side-Switching, Informed Consent, Law Firms
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