No matter how hard we try there will always be bad apples among us—just as in every profession. We basically have two choices. We can bury our head in the sand and pretend those unethical aspects of our profession do not exist, but this is disingenuous and is unrealistic. The other option is to tackle these aspects head on, and like we were taught in law school, seek to distinguish the isolated rogue elements from the good that the rest of profession does every day.
The fight to improve the professional image of attorneys is always underway. The Society actively looks for new ways to bring public focus upon the good that lawyers do and the noble tenor of the profession. At the same time, the Society also seeks for ways to expose the bad that limited segments of the profession engage in. The idea is to distinguish those bad acts as acts of specific unethical people…not acts sanctioned by the bar at large. This approach initially met with some hesitancy on the part of the Board of Directors, but it ultimately prevailed for this simple reason:
SEAL is actively looking at ways to highlight great attorney acts in the public eye. If you have an idea, let us know.
Currently SEAL has undertaken to denounce a particularly egregious issue that brings great discredit on the profession—Solicitor Fraud. This topic was chosen due to the significant increase in unethical solicitation of accident victims by using case runners to harass victims through repeated telephone calls and personal home visits. This practice has drawn the attention of the media and it is never in a positive way. Instead, this practice tends to cast a negative light upon the whole profession of law. As a result, even honorable attorneys get wrongfully cast as “ambulance chasers” and the profession suffers another image setback. In response, the President of SEAL has created the Committee on Solicitor Fraud. Visit the links below to learn more about Solicitor Fraud and what SEAL is doing about it.