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Ethics and the Law: To Be or Not to Be

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Life is full of problems. . .  The life of a lawyer can bring on many problems that regular citizens are not aware of and sometimes have little sympathy for. . .  Lawyers—like doctors, law enforcement officers, and other professions—are disliked and sometimes hated until they are needed. Depression, anxiety, nervousness, and other mental issues

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Ethics and the Law: Hide & Seek

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Joseph Connors has submitted this issue for discussion with the Ethics Committee. The issue is a recurring problem—prosecutors not disclosing evidence to the defense. The following is the question and responses from Keith Hampton, Larry McDougal, and Joseph Connors. Lawyer Connors has also provided motions that he files. Question: Sexual Assault Team ADA does not

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Ethics and the Law: Don’t Act Ugly II

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The following comments are from Ethics Committee member Brent Mayr in response to last month’s column, “Don’t Act Ugly”: My two cents to add to an already valuable article: One thing I think we overlook is that for us, as criminal defense attorneys, we are naturally inclined not to snitch. We cross-examine snitches and make

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Ethics and the Law: Don’t Act Ugly

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Over the past 10 years many Houston lawyers have become friends with several homeless people who hang around the courthouse. One recently died and several lawyers helped provide shelter, food, and medical care for “Rick.” Rick always had a positive attitude and was upbeat and would tell all the accused citizens standing in line to

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Ethics and the Law: Slim to None

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Regardless of where a lawyer practices, one thing will always remain the same—time is money. Abraham Lincoln said it best when stating, “a lawyer’s time and advice is his stock and trade.” When a client seeks out an attorney to represent him or her, the client is essentially paying for two things—the lawyer’s time and

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