From Zealous Advocating to Bar Sanctions: Ethical Considerations in Negotiations

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Written By: Hannah Trucks
Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

          Many people have a mental image of what they picture an attorney to be. Some picture Elle Woods’ cross-examining Chutney’s alibi of washing her hair directly after getting it permed with the infamous line “the first cardinal rule of perm maintenance that you are forbidden to wet your hair for at least 20 hours after getting a perm.”[1] Others picture Vinny Gambini successfully positioning Mona Lisa as an automotive expert, ultimately winning an acquittal for his clients.[2] While modern television and cinema oftentimes only show the trial aspect of an attorney’s role, an attorney does so much more than cross-examine, fight objections, or maneuver their way around the courtroom. Continue reading “From Zealous Advocating to Bar Sanctions: Ethical Considerations in Negotiations”

When Giving a Hug is Neither Legal Nor Ethical: Did a Judge’s Decision to Give a Defendant a Hug and Bible Cross the Line?

Illustration of a person scratching their head with question marks above their head. To the left of the person is a sign pointing left that says "Ethical," and to the right of the person is a sign pointing right that says "Legal"

Photo Credit: Why ethics and law are not the same thing, In The Black, https://www.intheblack.com/articles/2015/04/01/why-ethics-and-law-are-not-the-same-thing.

By: Lindsey Phillips
Research and Writing Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

On October 1, 2019, ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murder for shooting and killing Botham Jean after she claimed she thought he was an intruder when she mistook his apartment for her own.[1] Continue reading “When Giving a Hug is Neither Legal Nor Ethical: Did a Judge’s Decision to Give a Defendant a Hug and Bible Cross the Line?”