The following blog post was written by Amanda Soraiz, Guangdong Cheng, Xiang Liu, Yihong Zhang, Yuqing Zhao, and Kun Chang of Case Western Reserve Law School. It was submitted for the Legal Ethics Forum law student blogging competition. The entry was chosen as one of two winning entries after a blind review of the submissions. The other winning entry is here.
We live in an unprecedented age of globalization where it becomes more and more likely that, at some point in our legal careers, we will encounter attorneys from other countries or find ourselves in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural exchange. For this reason it is increasingly important, now more than ever, that we acquaint ourselves with the rules and customs of other nations as a means to equip ourselves as better attorneys and global citizens.As a group of students with American and Chinese legal backgrounds, we have come together to compare and contrast the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Lawyers (LPRCL) and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC). Originally adopted by the American Bar Association more than 105 years ago, the MPRC is widely known and deeply embedded in our judicial system. In contrast, the LPRCL is much newer and less extensive, having come into effect June of 2008 and comprised of just seven short chapters. Yet the overlap and differences between the two sets of legal ethics systems provide a unique and insightful glimpse into the similarities and differences found between our two worlds.
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