The Supreme Court: A Legal Blue Cross?

Ambulance chasing, barratry, capping, running, soliciting — by whatever name it is known, the practice of stir ring up law business is condemned by lawyers and laymen alike. The American Bar Association's canons of ethics are so strict that even "lay intermediar ies" — nonlawyers who aid in the choice of a lawyer — are banned from the one-to-one relationship between lawyer and client. Canon 35 allows lawyers to represent an organization, but not its members "in respect to their individual affairs." Canon 47 expressly forbids "the unauthorized practice of law by any lay agency, personal or corporate."...

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