In November 2017, I posted The 50 Original Rules. It’s a post that briefly recaps the history of the conduct rules that apply to lawyers. Best I can tell, the earliest record of guidelines for attorney conduct in the United States is David Hoffman’s 1836 publication of his Fifty Resolutions in Regard to Professional Deportment. My post includes each of Hoffman’s 50 resolutions.
181 years later, it’s somewhat fascinating to me how many of Hoffman’s resolutions continue to resonate. Many are embedded in the rules and our collective professional conscience. Given my fascination, I’ve resolved to blog about the continued relevance of Hoffman’s resolutions, taking them one at a time.
I don’t know how long it’ll take me to get through all 50. No matter, if even one of the resolutions resonates with but one of you, this endeavor will have been a success.
- Don’t be a jerk.
- Don’t switch sides.
- Don’t overcomplicate trust accounting.
- Deliver the file
- Resolve to be a mentor
- Resolve to be diligent
- Resolve to manage expectations by providing candid legal advice