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.
Do No Wrong: Ethics for Prosecutors and Defenders
This book gathers in one place ethics columns written over a number of years for the ABA Criminal Justice Section's publication Criminal Justice. Each has been updated and some expanded.