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Law review note question

Postby smutmonger » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:48 pm

Are there any ethical issues with talking to one of the attorneys about the same case that is the topic of my note?

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Re: Law review note question

Postby akg144 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:55 pm

Considering your name is smutmonger something makes me think ethics isn't exactly your forte

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Re: Law review note question

Postby smutmonger » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:01 pm

akg144 wrote:Considering your name is smutmonger something makes me think ethics isn't exactly your forte


Your assumptions may be correct. My note, however, will be 100% ethical because it could possibly be scrutinized.

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Re: Law review note question

Postby Ohiobumpkin » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:02 pm

akg144 wrote:Considering your name is smutmonger something makes me think ethics isn't exactly your forte


+1.

As to your question, it depends on what exactly you talk about. Your question is a little too vague on facts for any of us to provide any more meaningful of a response than akg144 provided.

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Re: Law review note question

Postby smutmonger » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:05 pm

Ohiobumpkin wrote:
akg144 wrote:Considering your name is smutmonger something makes me think ethics isn't exactly your forte


+1.

As to your question, it depends on what exactly you talk about. Your question is a little too vague on facts for any of us to provide any more meaningful of a response than akg144 provided.


If its kosher, I would like to talk specifically about the case and any ideas that the attorney has on what he thinks I should write about.

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Re: Law review note question

Postby Ohiobumpkin » Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:13 pm

smutmonger wrote:
Ohiobumpkin wrote:
akg144 wrote:Considering your name is smutmonger something makes me think ethics isn't exactly your forte


+1.

As to your question, it depends on what exactly you talk about. Your question is a little too vague on facts for any of us to provide any more meaningful of a response than akg144 provided.


If its kosher, I would like to talk specifically about the case and any ideas that the attorney has on what he thinks I should write about.


If it is an ongoing case, she/he will likely not be ethically able to discuss it with you. If the case is not ongoing, you will likely have no issues talking to the attorney about the case unless there are confidentiality concerns. Again, it depends on what you ask him/her.

On the issue of academic honesty with writing/researching your note independently, just ask one of your executive board members of your journal. I don't think asking an attorney about a case they worked on will pose much concern. Why would journals have faculty advisers to help students with their note writing process if asking a practicing attorney for ideas on your note were a problem.




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