Why Attorney Discipline May Shift To Preventing Bad Behavior

Law360, New York (September 16, 2015, 7:17 PM EDT) -- For the first time in the U.S., a program to impose practice management standards for lawyers or "proactive" regulations designed to head off lawyer mistakes and client grievances — before they happen — is in the works in Colorado.

With an eye on an Australian model that requires incorporated firms to maintain strong management procedures being credited with slashing the number of complaints against attorneys, experts in the U.S. said a preemptive approach to spotting practice problems and working with lawyers to fix them before a client is hurt represent an evolutionary step forward for attorney discipline in the U.S....

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