If a client earnestly asks a lawyer to participate in a cow-sacrificing ceremony to ensure a propitious legal outcome, should the lawyer sharpen her steak knives and attend? The lawyer might first consult her own conscience. Assuming she has no irreconcilable, personal opposition to sacrificing animals, she might consider legal ethics and the social norms of the legal profession. Social norms about how to work with clients are embedded within the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility. Unfortunately, adherence to these norms more likely satisfies the expectations of other attorneys than the expectations of the client. The legal profession faces the challenge of meeting the needs of a changing American demographic and adapting to serving clients with different cultural norms.
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