Attempted Ethics Violations
33 Criminal Justice 55 (Winter 2019)
7 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2019 Last revised: 13 Feb 2020
Date Written: January 1, 2019
If a lawyer engages in conduct aimed at violating an ethics rule, but ultimately does not violate the rule, has the lawyer nonetheless committed professional misconduct? In other words, is an attempt to violate an ethics rule itself an ethics violation? In this paper, we focus on this question and explore a relatively recent development in legal ethics — the concept of attempted ethics violations.
Keywords: legal ethics, professional responsibility, attempt, professional discipline
JEL Classification: K19, K29, K39, K42, K49
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