Two recent examples of criminal defendants' in-court behavior brings an attorney's obligations to the forefront:
T.J. Lane, recently convicted of killing several of his classmates, wore a t-shirt that said "killer" to his sentencing. Penelope Soto gestured offensively at a judge during her arraignment and insulted him.
What is or was the role of the attorney in these situations? How do you work with your client, act in his or her best interest, and maintain a working relationship with them so you can help them help themselves?
Review some of the following materials:
- 2005 Client Counseling Competition National Finals
- Beyond Right and Wrong: The Power of Effective Decision Making for Attorneys and Clients
- The Counselor-at-law: A Collaborative Approach to Client Interviewing and Counseling
- Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients through Bad News and Other Legal Realities
- Successful Client Counseling Strategies