The Role of Ethics Audits in Improving Management Systems and Practices: An Empirical Examination of Management-Based Regulation of Law Firms

St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics, Vol. 4, p. 112 (2014)

38 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2015

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Date Written: 2014

Abstract

For decades, legal malpractice experts have urged lawyers to implement risk management measures. To assist law firms in doing so, legal malpractice insurers have provided audit services and self-audit materials. Under the Australian regulatory regime, incorporated legal practices are required to complete a self-assessment process and to report on the firm's compliance with ten objectives of sound law practice. Using management-based principles, this Article discusses steps to take to encourage ethics audits "to merge good ethics and good business" in the U.S.

Keywords: legal ethics, professional responsibility, law firms, law practice

JEL Classification: K19, K39

Suggested Citation

Fortney, Susan Saab, The Role of Ethics Audits in Improving Management Systems and Practices: An Empirical Examination of Management-Based Regulation of Law Firms (2014). St. Mary's Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics, Vol. 4, p. 112 (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2660358 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2660358

Susan Saab Fortney (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States
817-212-3902 (Phone)

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