Tuesday, October 23, 2012
'Ethical blindness': Do bad lawyers know they're bad lawyers?
Do crappy defense lawyers understand they're providing crappy services to their clients? Perhaps not, according to this academic paper.which argues that, according to the abstract, "defense lawyers will tend to be 'ethically blind' to their own poor performance. Concluding that lawyers who suffer from ethical blindness cannot be expected to improve the quality of legal representation on their own, [the paper] recommends ways to reduce psychological barriers to competent representation that have proven successful in other contexts." Grits suspects that's probably true on both sides of the bar.