Sign of the Times? New Solo Exaggerates on Web

The current economic client is forcing many recent law school graduates to work as solos or to take jobs in other less supervised settings. Often they are hungrier, and more willing to stretch themselves -- and sometimes the Rules -- to earn a fee.

Perhaps this explains the recent South Carolina discipline case of In re Dickey. A newly admitted lawyer set up or allowed to be set up a host of websites, which reportedly contained the rule violations including:       

1.  material misrepresentations of fact and omissions of facts necessary to make the statements considered as a whole not materially misleading by mischaracterizing respondent's legal skills and prior successes; falsely stating he handled matters in federal court; falsely stating he graduated from law school in 2005; and, listing approximately 50 practice areas in which he had little or no experience;

2. statements likely to create unjustified expectations about the results respondent could achieve;

3.  statements comparing respondent's services with other lawyers' services in ways which could not be factually substantiated; and

4.  descriptions and characterizations of the quality of respondent's services. 

For this, Dickey was reprimanded and sent to South Carolina's Ethics School.