Ethics: Representing Municipalities and Municipal Employees

Chaz R. Ball

Our legal system and culture regard the attorney-client relationship with great reverence. With respect to the privileges associated with it, the attorney-client relationship is treated as being comparable to one’s relationship with his or her spouse, doctor, or religious counselor. That reverence carries with it great responsibility. Notably, a lawyer’s representation of his or her client is not created or limited by who compensates the attorney. Lawyers representing municipal entities or municipal employees are often faced with difficult ethical considerations specific to their position as a result of that very principle.

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