This column questions the practices of labeling attorney copying, even without acknowledgement, as plagiarism, and treating it as a per se ethics violation. Instead, the column argues that analysis of copying in the litigation context should focus directly on the quality of the filing at issue and the competence and diligence of the lawyer who prepared it.
plagiarism, legal filings, litigation, effective assistance of counsel, legal ethics
Place of Original Publication
The Problems of Plagiarism as an Ethics Offense
Joy, Peter A. and McMunigal, Kevin C., "The Problems of Plagiarism as an Ethics Offense" (2011). Faculty Publications. 580.