I continue to hear or read about attorneys who cite to an ethical duty of “zealousness” in their representation of clients. An article in the July 2011 issue of Corporate Counsel magazine entitled “Crossing the Line” is about an in-house lawyer who supposedly got into trouble for just being a “zealous advocate.” In fact, the article begins with the declaration that “Lawyers are supposed to be zealous advocates.”
That all lawyers have an ethical duty to be zealous advocates is just something that everyone knows to be factually correct. Right? Well, not really.
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