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What Do Pa. Lawyers Get in Trouble for the Most?

April 25, 2017

The Legal Intelligencer
By P.J. D'Annunzio

Over the past decade, lawyers in Pennsylvania have gotten into trouble with the state’s disciplinary board for offenses spanning from ripping off clients and being disrespectful to judges to arson, assault, and even homicide.

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Legal ethics expert Michael Hayes of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads in Philadelphia said attorneys could use more compliance education as well.

“We have one hour of ethics training every year,” he said. “Well, maybe there should be something there to educate us on the pitfalls of shoddy lawyering.”

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Hayes said that stress can play a part in contributing to some of the offenses. He suggested that law schools should devote more time to teaching future lawyers how to handle the stresses of operating their own practices, as well as time management.

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