Ethical Short: Rule 1.3 - Diligence

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ABA Model Rule 1.3 provides:

A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.

What, however, does Rule 1.3 - diligence and promptness - actually mean for the practicing attorney? What does it mean for the attorney who must meet court deadlines, and prepare pleadings, and attending client meetings, on?

The answer, according to Professor Spitzer, is "mushy enough." But “when you get right down to it,” Professor Spitzer explains, “it means a couple things.”

In this Ethical Short, Professor Spitzer dissects Rule 1.3 in a way that makes sense for practicing attorneys.

Professor Hugh Spitzer is a professor of law at University of Washington’s School of Law.

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