This essay declares that the American Bar Association set ethical guidelines for lawyers in its Model Rules of Professional Responsibility. The Mission of the American Bar Association is to be the national representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law. Indeed, law school present coursework on the topic and the ethics part of the bar examination is compulsory for each student across the country.
This paper makes a conclusion that lawyers are also suspected of hiking their hours to charge more money to clients. A recent survey shows that about a third of U.S. lawyers have done it. Nearly half of all lawyers don't see an ethical problem with it. The American Bar Association condemns the practice, called "double billing." Some lawyers have another name for it: stealing. But it may not be that simple. Think of an ethical billing dilemma in these terms: a lawyer is on an eight-hour flight from Tampa to Seattle. The lawyer's client has agreed to pay for business travel. In flight, the lawyer reviews the file of another client and drafts several letters, which takes four hours. Can the lawyer bill the first client for the eight-hour flight time and the second client for the four hours of case work? The American Bar Association released an opinion in 1993 that said lawyers should never bill for hours that were not worked. Therefore, it would be unethical to bill for travel time and for work performed during that travel time.