An Ethics Critique of Interference in Law School Clinics

81 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2004  

Robert R. Kuehn

Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law

Peter A. Joy

Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law

Abstract

Law school clinics play an important role in training future lawyers and in providing legal assistance to traditionally under-represented individuals and groups. In addition to facing the legal issues present in any law practice, law clinic students and faculty are often confronted with ethical issues that lawyers representing poor and unpopular clients sometimes face - outside interference in case and client selection. This article explores the ethical considerations raised by interference in law school clinic case and client selection and limitations on the means of representation lawyers may employ in representing their clients. The article's analysis provides a useful framework for responding to interference with not just law school clinics, but also with legal services lawyers, public defenders, and private practitioners representing poor and unpopular clients and causes.

Suggested Citation

Kuehn, Robert R. and Joy, Peter A., An Ethics Critique of Interference in Law School Clinics. Fordham Law Review, Vol. 71, p. 1971. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=407060

Robert R. Kuehn

Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law ( email )

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Peter A. Joy (Contact Author)

Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States
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