Good Law| Bad Law #91 -Did Michael Cohen violate the Rules of Ethics? w/ Abe Reich
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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Abe Reich, Partner and Chair Emeritus at Fox Rothschild and a Law Professor at the University of Pennsylvania to talk about legal ethics, specifically, how President Trump’s attorney may have violated various ethical rules that govern all lawyers.
Abe is a former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and currently teaches a course at Penn Law called “Ethics and Advocacy - From the Boardroom to the Courtroom.” A lawyer for over four decades, Abe has served as an expert witness and has represented lawyers in legal ethics matters, so we thought Abe was the perfect person to come in and discuss Michael Cohen. Most recently, Michael Cohen has been in the news for having recorded conversations with his then client, Donald Trump, and in the past, he allegedly settled a claim with Stormy Daniels without his client’s knowledge.
Aaron and Abe discuss what legal ethics are and what they mean for practicing attorneys. Abe explains that every lawyer, judge, and even Supreme Court Justice is bound by rules that set standards for what lawyers can and cannot do. Some of the rules Abe and Aaron discuss include: 1. an attorney cannot settle a case without their client’s consent, 2. they can’t agree to arbitration without a client’s consent, 3. they must act in their client’s best interest, and 4. they cannot help a client commit a crime.
To learn more about the ethical standards lawyers have to uphold visit the American Bar website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility/publications/model_rules_of_professional_conduct/model_rules_of_professional_conduct_table_of_contents.html
Aaron and Abe go on to talk about what happens when a lawyer has been found in violation of these ethical standards and what Michael Cohen could be facing if he is found to have violated these rules of professional conduct. Abe tells us Cohen could be facing anything from fines to suspension, even disbarrment.
Join Aaron Freiwald and Abe Reich for this fascinating and enlightening conversation about lawyer ethics and Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer.
Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Abe Reich