The Ethics Issue

Watchman: Was Harper Lee ‘Humbled and Amazed’ or Exploited? 

In February 2015, Nelle Harper Lee stunned the literary world by announcing that she would be releasing for publication a second novel, Go Set a Watchman. The author stated in a press release that she was “humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years.” Almost immediately, speculation began as to… more »

Can Atticus Finch Be an Ideal Lawyer and an Imperfect Person? 

Author Harper Lee constructed an indelible portrait of a lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird’s Atticus Finch. Though she herself was not a member of the legal profession, Lee’s depiction of Finch helped generations understand and deconstruct the complexities of lawyers’ competing responsibilities to clients, the justice system and to themselves.

Veteran attorneys are well… more »

ETHICAL HYPOTHETICAL: Nonrefundable Fees and Reporting Friends

Here’s a hypothetical about fees. Given its lack of complexity, commonality and lawyers’ need for a clear answer, it ought to be simple. If only …

You and law school classmate Bess share office space in a Georgia town. You handle divorces, and Bess caters to small businesses. Over lunch, Bess tells you that five days ago she signed on… more »

Finding Solace After a Death Penalty Case

I first encountered To Kill a Mockingbird in the sixth grade. I’m fairly certain I ended up buying the CliffsNotes because I had trouble distilling and plucking out the themes to “journal” about in my English class (this was before you could pull up a plot summary on Wikipedia).

I would love to… more »