Blawg takes clients’ view of legal ethics

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).

Also keeping Giacalone busy over the past couple years has been assembly of the Guide to Antitrust Resources on the Web for the American Antitrust Institute.