Attempted Ethics Violations

By Peter A. Joy and Kevin C. McMunigal

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 column, we focus on this question and explore a relatively recent development in legal ethics—the concept of attempted ethics violations.

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