On May 31, the day David Giacalone launched his Web log, ethicalEsq?, I was beginning a week in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I reviewed snorkeling sites, banana daiquiris and fresh grouper that week, but not a single Web site or blog.
This was to my advantage, it turned out, because when I finally took the time to read ethicalEsq?, I had almost a full month of entries to savor. Giacalone focuses on news and developments relating to lawyer ethics, stressing the interests of the consumer-client. He reports and comments on efforts to reform or maintain the disciplinary system. His underlying question, he says, will always be whether a proposal, rule or action puts the client’s interests first.
His posts reveal a writer who is perceptive, witty and concerned. Adding color commentary are his “alter ego sidekicks,” Jack and Jackie Cliente. Explains Giacalone: “They’ve been whispering in my ear a lot over the past decade and seem to have a very good b.s. meter when encountering the explanations and excuses of the organized legal profession.”
Beyond the blawg, Giacalone offers a collection of his essays and articles and links to ethics resources elsewhere on the Web (including, thank you very much, to my article, Top Sites: In Search of Ethics on the Internet).