Navigating Tricky Ethical Shoals in Environmental Law: Parameters of Counseling and Managing Clients
18 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010
Date Written: April 16, 2010
This article explores some of the ethical situations that environmental and natural resource lawyers can encounter when counseling clients. It begins by exploring the Model Rule of Professional Conduct (MRPC) 2.1, regarding counsel’s role as “advisor,” which provides that appropriate client counseling refers not only to law, but also to moral, economic, social, and political factors, when making decisions. It also explores the environmental lawyer’s ability to withdraw from representation pursuant to MRPC 1.16. It places the obligations and options under these rules and other mandates in the environmental and natural resource context, and encourages attorneys practicing in the area to consider how best to apply these rules in their practice.
Keywords: Environmental Law, Ethics, Client Counseling
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