Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

Law360, New York (April 21, 2017, 11:34 AM EDT) -- Robert Creo

Selina Shultz A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions conducted by sociologist Maureen Cain revealed startling information about a typical attorney-client relationship. Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, the attorneys she observed were not acting as independent counselors for their clients. Instead, clients were directing and controlling their lawyers. Cain found that in the overwhelming majority of cases, attorneys were simply being mouthpieces for their clients. Legal researcher Randall Kiser likens this to a patient entering a doctor’s office, telling the doctor his diagnosis, directing the doctor what to prescribe, and the doctor obediently following...

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