The Problems of Plagiarism as an Ethics Offense

5 Pages Posted: 28 May 2012

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Peter A. Joy

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Kevin C. McMunigal

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This column questions the practices of labeling attorney copying, even without acknowledgement, as plagiarism, and treating it as a per se ethics violation. Instead, the column argues that analysis of copying in the litigation context should focus directly on the quality of the filing at issue and the competence and diligence of the lawyer who prepared it.

Keywords: plagiarism, legal filings, litigation, effective assistance of counsel, legal ethics

Suggested Citation

Joy, Peter A. and McMunigal, Kevin C., The Problems of Plagiarism as an Ethics Offense (2011). ABA Criminal Justice, Summer 2011; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-05-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2067694

Peter A. Joy (Contact Author)

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Kevin C. McMunigal

Case Western Reserve University School of Law ( email )

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