Richard Zitrin, professor of legal ethics at UC Hastings, has published an article describing how sometimes disastrous accidents make the legal profession look bad. According to the old saying, when a disaster strikes the first two organized groups to show up are the press and the lawyers. This proved to be true last month, when within two days of the Aug. 6 Chevron refinery fire that inundated Richmond with clouds of black smoke, a swarm of lawyers and their representatives descended on the city streets.
The problem is that while some of those lawyers were acting unethically, others were not and the authorities enforcing the law did not seem to understand the difference. In the end, it is the profession in general that ends up looking bad. Go here to read the full article.