One of the greatest difficulties of the litigating attorney is to provide clients with zealous advocacy in the face of efforts by some judges, disciplinary boards and others to repress effective advocacy, particularly on behalf of unpopular clients and causes. Thus, in 1970 the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review noted, "It has become both professionally and legally dangerous to be a lawyer representing the poor, minorities, and the politically unpopular."
There is one further category of attorneys who should be added to the roster of those who are in legal and professional jeopardy. Oddly enough, they are the lawyers who represent clients in the securities industry.
Monroe H. Freedman,
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