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7 Md. L. F. 1 (1977-1978)

handle is hein.journals/marylf7 and id is 1 raw text is: EDITOR'S NOTE

Ethics poses major challenges to those who assume a role in the legal profession. The
judge, the legislator, the lawyer, and the law student confront situations raising ethical ques-
tions on a daily basis.
The Maryland Law Forum has attempted, through carefully selected articles and a new
format, to provide the reader with the views of a cross section of the legal community.
The Maryland Law Forum is also pleased to present in this issue the Maryland Attorneys'
Survey, to our knowledge the first comprehensive effort to determine the opinions of Mary-
land attorneys on ethical problems. Our editors and staff personally spoke with more than
1,000 randomly-selected attorneys, approximately one-fifth of the attorneys in each county
in Maryland, presenting them with ten specific questions of ethical importance. I extend
heartfelt thanks to each Forum member, without whose tenacity our extensive survey
would not have been possible. We are also grateful to those busy attorneys who took the
time to carefully answer our set of questions.
The articles reveal a range of ethical topics. The Honorable Charles W. Halleck offers his
views, as well as those of his contemporaries, on the controversial topic of sentencing.
A well-known former Maryland Congressman, Gilbert Gude, reflects on his years spent as
a Member of Congress and explains how he dealt with perplexing ethical situations. Mary-
land attorney, J. Earle Plumhoff, shares his opinions on legal fees, perhaps the most no-
torious aspect of an attorney's practice. Joe Sims, of the Antitrust Division of the Depart-
ment of Justice, develops the concept of legal advertising and antitrust. Advertising is
also discussed from the viewpoint of a professor, Robert Dyer, who has undertaken a survey
establishing the views of the Maryland legal community toward advertising. Benjamin
Civiletti, who has recently been nominated Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal
Division of the Department of Justice, proposes answers to certain hypotheticals pro-
pounded by Professor Richard Falcon which have been raised in both civil and criminal
areas of practice.
Professor Abraham Dash, from his experiences as an attorney, voices his strong attitudes
toward Inquiry 19, a proposal by the D.C. Bar Ethics Committee on the subject of switch-
ing sides, moving from public to private practice. The humane nature of an attorney is
discussed by Professor J. Joel Woodey, as the author develops his concept of the lawyer
as counselor. Finally, Tom Fancher comments on the merits and faults of the Honor Code
at the University of Maryland School of Law.
I would like to express my special thanks to C. William Michaels, Associate Editor for
this issue, for his outstanding devotion and creativity. I would also like to thank Robin Page
West for sharing her talents in photography with the Forum.
The ethical questions raised in this issue are complex and do not lend themselves to easy
solutions as the views expressed indicate. We hope that the reader will find these problems
sufficiently provocative to encourage a self-examination leading to the development of
individual solutions.
Colette J. Winston

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