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A person, who through a regular program of study, is learned in legal matters and has been licensed to practice his or her profession. Any qualified person who prosecutes or defends causes in courts of record or other judicial tribunals of the United States, or of any of the states, or who renders legal advice or assistance in relation to any cause or matter. Unless a contrary meaning is plainly indicated this term is synonymous with attorney, attorney at law, or counselor at law.

Each of the 50 states employs admissions committees or boards to review the backgrounds of prospective attorneys before they are admitted to practice. Each state also has adopted codes of conduct or disciplinary rules and has appointed adjudicative boards to address Attorney Misconduct. But these measures only weed out or discipline those who have violated laws or those who are otherwise unfit to practice law. They have done little to address the day-to-day civility and conduct of attorneys in their practice. In that regard, the behavior and conduct of peers and colleagues within the profession often impose more palpable influences on newly practicing attorneys than any standards or codes of ethics that they may have learned in law school.

A focus of a new movement in several states is not only to crack down on professional misconduct per se, but also to stem borderline conduct before it becomes an ethical violation. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice william rehnquist, addressing new graduates from the University of Virginia School of Law in June 2001, remarked that incivility remained one of the greatest threats to the ideals of American justice and to the public's trust in the law. The conduct of former president bill clinton was considered to have seriously contributed to the harming of public confidence and trust in the legal profession because of his subjective approach to answering questions under oath and other improprieties associated with the legal aspects of his administration.

The American Bar Association (ABA) and lawyers' groups in more than a dozen states have joined in the movement to improve not only civility and courtesy among lawyers, but also the public's perception of the profession. Ultimately, the goal of these efforts is to ensure that attorneys have an unequivocal, current, and realistic standard of conduct and ethics to rely upon as a valid guide for their profession.


noun avocat, advocate, attorney, barrister, counsel, counselor, iurisconsultus, iurisperitus, jurisconsult, jurist, legal advisor, legal advocate, legal consultant, legal practitioner, legist, member of the legal profession, solicitor
Associated concepts: admission to bar, attorney-client privvlege, bar association, character and fitness committee, code of professional conduct, grievance committee, work product
See also: advocate, attorney, barrister, counsel, counselor, esquire, jurist, practitioner, proctor, proxy, representative

LAWYER. A counselor; one learned in the law. Vide attorney.

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Hearing the case in Pakistan's Adiala Jail, the ATC directed the investigators to ensure the presence of a prosecution lawyer on the next hearing, the Daily Times reports.
Francisco Bravo, another prosecution lawyer, said that the ruling was a surprise because it came after repeated Supreme Court rulings exempting Pinochet from standing trial on health grounds.
Garchitorena gave prosecutors 15 days to finish presenting all their evidence, but prosecution lawyers said they would use the 15 days to file a motion asking the Supreme Court to reverse the anti-graft court's decision that was based on a mere technicality.
A prosecution lawyer told Antrim Magistrates Court that after the 36-year-old, from of Parkmount Parade North Belfast, was restrained he continued shouting "I'm in the UDA" and said he was "Jemima from Mars".
The prosecution team sought more time to argue the matter, saying a senior prosecution lawyer would present its stance on the need for the commission to go to India at the next hearing.
THE Recorder of Birmingham was forced to resign after admitting a "serious error of judgment" by phoning a prosecution lawyer outside court.
Five other 'admissions' were made on Huntley's behalf, as prosecution lawyer Karim Khalil QC read from a list of 21 compiled by the caretaker's legal team.
But at the Central Criminal Court yesterday prosecution lawyer Gerard Clark said the alleged childhood abuse outlined by the mum, from Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, had "little to do with the murder" on January 1 last year.
Prosecution lawyer Chaudhry Zulfiqar, on behalf of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), requested the court to adjourn the proceedings as another prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar will present his arguments at the next hearing.
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A prosecution lawyer told the court the elderly victim had gone to her bank on October 31, 2014 and withdrew her entire ISA savings of PS5,709.
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