If Shylock Had a Lawyer
7 Wake Forest J.L. & Pol'y S.S. 21 (2016)
9 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2017
Date Written: 2016
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
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