“My Boss Made Me Do It” Won’t Cut It: Why Ethics Is Important for New(er) Lawyers

Sep 30, 2019 Published Article
OC Lawyer Magazine

I’m occasionally asked for advice by a new or soon-to-be lawyer (when they’re feeling charitable, or as a minority report to better advice received from others). Among other things, a seeker of my advice is in danger of receiving a less articulate version of the following: “Try to remember that ‘associate’ doesn’t mean ‘cog.’ You have been hired to exercise your judgment, and a great new lawyer manages up as well as they are managed down. You are already well-equipped to have good ideas, and to call out bad ones...”