Hamline Law Review
Deborah J. Cantrell, Sensational Reports: The Ethical Duty of Cause Lawyers to Be Competent in Public Advocacy, 30 Hamline L. Rev. 567 (2007), available at https://scholar.law.colorado.edu/faculty-articles/320.
This article argues that cause lawyers - those lawyers whose primary focus is on social change rather than on for-profit client-based work - have an ethical responsibility to be competent in public advocacy. That responsibility stems from a cause lawyer's commitment to the principles embodied in the particular social movement in which the lawyer is acting. It is reinforced by the requirement of competency under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. To illustrate the contours of a competent public advocacy strategy, the article highlights two cause lawyering organizations, Legal Momentum and the Institute for Justice, and considers how each organization has built out its public advocacy.
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