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The attempt to "restate" the law governing lawyers is a noble effort. The drafts, to date, have presented a heroic gathering, in one place, of case law and competing formulations of a variety of the professional disciplinary codes. The drafters have attempted to settle some difficult and often contentious issues regarding lawyer responsibilities to clients, to courts, to third parties, and to themselves. At the same time, this Restatement suffers from the temporal flaws of all its sisters and brothers - in its efforts to "restate" the law it looks backward, not forward, and thus will provide little guidance, at least on some important issues, for the practicing lawyer, judge, or disciplinary committee of the twenty-first century.

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10 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 631