If Shylock Had a Lawyer

7 Wake Forest J.L. & Pol'y S.S. 21 (2016)

Wake Forest Univ. Legal Studies Paper

9 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2017

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Joel S. Newman

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

In Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice,” the “pound of flesh” agreement was notarized. Presumably, pursuant to European custom, the notary would have drafted the agreement. Had the events of the play taken place today, any notary who drafted such an agreement would be in violation of Italian law.

Had Shylock consulted a modern American lawyer, drafting the agreement, or even agreeing to the representation in the first place, would have been a violation of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Keywords: professional responsibility law and literature

Suggested Citation

Newman, Joel S., If Shylock Had a Lawyer (2016). 7 Wake Forest J.L. & Pol'y S.S. 21 (2016); Wake Forest Univ. Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2897713 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2897713

Joel S. Newman (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States

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