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Knowing when to tell your client no and discussing other ethical dilemmas

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One of the most important ethical obligations a lawyer has is knowing when to tell their client no. But how do you know when that moment has come, and how do you deal with it?

For legal ethics experts Lawrence J. Fox and Susan R. Martyn, teaching their fellow attorneys how to cope with the dilemmas that they may run into at their practices has been a passion for years.

It’s also behind their seventh book together, the recently released Fair Fight: Legal Ethics for Litigators. Told in a storytelling format, the book strives to be a reference manual that is also a good read. Fair Fight walks its readers through every step of the litigation process, from recruiting clients—or understanding when you’ve acquired a client—to a sentencing or settlement.

In this new episode of the Modern Law Library podcast, Fox and Martyn walk the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles through “the six Cs” of legal ethics, discuss the writing process that’s made their longtime partnership work, and share their advice for what lawyers most need to keep in mind to meet their ethical duties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fair Fight is on sale at the ABA web store, and Modern Law Library listeners can buy it at a discount through Dec. 21 by using the code FAIR20 at checkout.