37 CFR 10.84
Representing a client zealously.
Last updated in November 2005.
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§10.84 Representing a client zealously.
(a)A practitioner shall not intentionally:
(1)Fail to seek the lawful objectives of a client through reasonably available means permitted by law and the Disciplinary Rules, except as provided by paragraph (b) of this section. A practitioner does not violate the provisions of this section, however, by acceding to reasonable requests of opposing counsel which do not prejudice the rights of the client, by being punctual in fulfilling all professional commitments, by avoiding offensive tactics, or by treating with courtesy and consideration all persons involved in the legal process.
(2)Fail to carry out a contract of employment entered into with a client for professional services, but a practitioner may withdraw as permitted under § § 10.40, 10.63, and 10.66.
(3)Prejudice or damage a client during the course of a professional relationship, except as required under this part.
(b)In representation of a client, a practitioner may:
(1)Where permissible, exercise professional judgment to waive or fail to assert a right or position of the client.
(2)Refuse to aid or participate in conduct that the practitioner believes to be unlawful, even though there is some support for an argument that the conduct is legal.