A lesson in legal ethics

My meager knowledge of ethics is derived from experience, and on guidance I have received from my elders.  If I ever had a question about ethics, I knew I could always ask Alaska Federal District Court Judge, and former Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, James J. Fitzgerald, one of the finest men I ever met.

Early in my legal career, one of the fundamental tenets of legal ethics was explained to me by a veteran of over 40 years of legal practice.  This was the example he told me to study.

You and your client agree on a fee for legal services  —   $100.  He mistakenly hands you two $100 bills,  The ethical dilemma posed is this:  do you tell your law partner?

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