Why the Ethics Rules are Ripe for Reform [LGE 013]

May 8, 2018 | Podcast

In this episode, I get a little bit more personal and share my candid thoughts about why the legal profession is ripe for legal ethics reform, and more importantly, why that’s not a scary proposition.

There are many forward-thinking legal practitioners and legal tech experts who are in favor of a large scale reform of the ethics rules but naturally, there are many others who are against any such changes. Despite the consensus among the former that change is needed, there is still some contention as to how to approach this change. While some believe that a line-item review of each ethics rule is sufficient, others believe that an entire overhaul of the current rules is what’s required.

Listen in to hear where I stand on this issue and my opinion on why reform is needed.

What I Discuss in this Episode:

  • What the Data Driven Ethics project is
  • Why many of the ethics rules are not based on data, but on perception
  • How the ethics rules could not possibly keep up with the speed of social media
  • Why tinkering with the individual rules in an attempt to update them will not suffice

Resources Mentioned:

APRL – Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Erin Gerstenzang’s episode 

Data Driven Ethics website

Eric Cooperstein’s episode

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