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Exalting Lawyer Self-Protection Over Client Confidentiality and Loyalty: D.C. Bar Ethics Committee Opinion 364
By The Ethics Bureau at Yale
Note: The D.C. Bar ethics opinion discussed in this article merits attention because of the jurisdiction's prominence and the large number of lawyers who work under its rules. The Ethics Bureau at Yale, a clinic composed of 13 law school students supervised by an experienced practicing lawyer and lecturer, drafts amicus briefs in cases concerning professional responsibility; assists defense counsel with ineffective assistance of counsel claims relating to professional responsibility; and offers ethics advice and counsel on a pro bono basis to not-for-profit legal service providers, courts, and law schools. This article was primarily the result of the contributions of clinic students Jasmeet Ahuja, Courtney Dixon, and Eileen Zelek.
In providing legal representation, a lawyer’s fiduciary duties of loyalty and confidentiality are of the upmost importance. Unfortunately, while the D.C. Bar Ethics Committee undoubtedly cares about these commitments, the Committee’s recent
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