Monday, April 22, 2013

Zealous Advocate

An attorney must represent each client to the fullest extent under the law.  Zealous advocacy requires representation to the attorney's fullest abilities without violating the rules of professional responsibility.  It requires not only presenting each argument required by a client to every institution in which that client has business but also framing each argument in the strongest terms of the law that benefit the client while remaining faithful to the facts and to the law itself. 

Zealous advocacy may be better understood at it limits than at its center.  For instance, an attorney is required to prosecute the client's interest buy may not file or appeal frivolous cases.

Source:  The Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary, Compact Edition, 2011.

Caveat Lector - "Let the Reader Beware"

Tucker Griffin Barnes
Charlottesville, VA (434-973-7474)

PS - Words are the only tools lawyers have. Just as a skilled carpenter wouldn't drive a nail with a screwdriver, skilled legal writers don't use fortuitous when they mean fortunate, or infer when they mean imply.

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