Newbie Lawyers A Bigger Ethics Risk Than Deceit, Judges Say

Law360, New York (August 10, 2017, 9:29 PM EDT) -- Green attorneys and ignorance of local rules are more pressing threats to the legal system than lawyers who intentionally disregard their ethical obligations, a panel of New York state and federal judges said Thursday.

And while local rule infractions — futzing with line spacing to duck a filing page limit, for example — and more serious problems aren't unheard of, the judiciary is, by and large, more concerned about attorneys' basic skill set than blatant conduct breaches.

The judges said lawyers who get into ethical gray...
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