A Double Standard for Lawyer Dishonesty: Billing Fraud Versus Misappropriation
In the 1970s, Monroe Freedman did a great deal of work trying to curb the tendency of the lawyer disciplinary system to go after the wrong people. During this period, Freedman and some other public interest lawyers were charged with ethics violations because they spoke up about problems they observed in the legal system. Freedman had dared to give a talk in which he urged that in some instances, a criminal defense lawyer’s duty to his client was more important than his duty of candor to the tribunal. Freedman defended some of the other lawyers who were charged with similar ethics violations.