Benign Solicitation of Clients by Attorneys

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Washington Law Review, Vol: 54, Issue: 3, Page: 671

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Wishcamper, Joe
attorney and client; Legal Profession
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The purpose of this comment is to discuss the social benefits offered by benign commercial solicitation, examine the weaknesses in the current ABA rules and court doctrine, and suggest arguments that could be presented to persuade a court to abandon the traditional doctrine and provide protection for such solicitation. An alternative approach is presented which suggests dealing with solicitation cases by applying a "circumstances" oriented test. The suggested test would avoid some of the infirmities of the present doctrine and would be more useful in predicting outcomes of such cases.