Anecdotal evidence and scientific studies indicate that psychological abuse and psychological assault are long-running and pervasive,  yet they generally are not reported to authorities. One of the sources of such abuse and assault is the lawyer-client relationship.

The Power and Control Wheel for Lawyer-Client relationships is a graphic tool for teaching about the dynamics of abuse and assault that can be inflicted by lawyers on their clients. The common element in all such wheels is psychological abuse. To see the wheel, click on the following link.

Power & Control Wheel for Lawyers & Clients


Bar associations, lawyers, law schools, law professors and others are welcome to add the lawyer-client power and control wheel to their professional websites for downloading by their visitors. This free service would indicate that they are ethics-friendly, safe places for non-lawyers.


Ethics Rules Observed


Those who include the lawyer-client power and control wheel at their professional websites are eligible to display the logos associated with the wheel. By speaking out in this manner, they have earned this seal of approval. An example webpage illustrates the display of logos and links.





ABA Center for Professional Responsibility


ABA Directory of Lawyer Disciplinary Agencies (PDF)


ABA Profile (PDF)

February 2009

With a membership in 2008 that reached more than 400,000, the American Bar Association is the world's largest voluntary professional association. The ABA has long served a dual role as advocate for the profession and for the public. With the growing complexity of society and our legal system, the ABA's public role has gained both emphasis and breadth.

The legal profession can be viewed as a giant confederation, at the center of which is the American Bar Association. While the ABA does not have the power to discipline lawyers, it leads by developing model rules and ethics guidelines. The ABA serves as the national voice of the profession. It is a maker of models, a codifier, a searchlight, an experimenter, a moral force working to make the justice system work better for all Americans.


State Bar Associations in the USA


U.S. Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility



American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence

740 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-1022

When Will They Ever Learn? Educating to End Domestic Violence: A Law School Report

1. Roberta Valente, Domestic Violence and the Law, in The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice: A Lawyer's Handbook, 1-3 (ABA, Goelman et. al., eds., 1996).

40. See Power and Control Wheel produced by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Duluth, MN.

44. The Duluth Domestic Violence Intervention Project developed a "Power and Control Wheel" to explain the variety of techniques that perpetrators use to control victims, including threats, physical violence, intimidation, use of children and financial abuse, among others.



Domestic Abuse Intervention Project

202 E. Superior Street

Duluth, MN 55802


The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth is the organization that developed the “Power and Control Wheel,” a device widely used to teach about the dynamics of domestic violence. The wheel provides a graphic display of how abusers use emotional and economic abuse, isolation, intimidation, threats and coercion, male privilege, and control of children.




HALT: Help Abolish Legal Tyranny

An Organization of Americans for Legal Reform

1612 K ST NW, Suite 510

Phone: 1-888-FOR-HALT
(202) 887-8255
Fax: (202) 887-9699
James C. Turner, Executive Director


HALT Reform Projects (PDF)

Consumers of legal services are unprotected and under-served.

The Lawyer Accountability Project advocates increased public regulation and less leniency, secrecy and delay in the attorney discipline system, fee dispute mediation structure and client protection programs. We also urge local legislators to extend consumer fraud law application to lawyer misconduct. In addition, we support more workable standards for legal malpractice lawsuits and requirements that lawyers carry a minimum level of malpractice insurance.



National Adult Protective Services Association

Kathleen Quinn, Executive Director
920 S. Spring Street, Suite 1200
Springfield, IL 62704

Phone: (217) 523-4431
Fax: (217) 522-6650




National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Rita Smith, Executive Director

1120 Lincoln Street, Suite #1603
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 839-1852
Email: (PDF)

What Is Psychological Abuse?



National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Pamela B. Teaster, President

1612 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 682-4140
(202) 223-2099 (fax)

What Is Elder Abuse?

Psychological Abuse



National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Austin, Texas

NCDSV is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Deborah D. Tucker, MPA, and Sarah M. Buel, JD, co-founded the National Center in May 1998. Their vision was to create an organization that encouraged and created unprecedented levels of collaboration among professionals working to end violence against women.

Deborah D. Tucker, Executive Director




National Center on Elder Abuse

U.S. Administration on Aging

c/o Center for Community Research and Services
University of Delaware
297 Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

·  What is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

·  What are the effects of PTSD?

·  What causes PTSD?

·  What are the risk factors and protective factors for PTSD?

·  What are the signs and symptoms of PTSD?

·  How is PTSD assessed? [self test]

·  How is PTSD treated?

·  How can people cope with PTSD?

·  Where can people get help?

·  PTSD At A Glance

·  What is Psychological Abuse?

·  How Prevalent is Psychological Abuse?

·  How Harmful is Psychological Abuse?

·  Psychological vs. Physical Abuse

·  Psychological Abuse and Biderman's Methods of Coercion


55 Washington Street, Suite 614

Brooklyn, NY 11201

National Domestic Violence Hotline:

1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or (TTY) 1-800-787-3224

Email: Website visitors may use their secure email hotline or email form.            

Choosing and Working with a Lawyer





Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture

Book Cover, Preview and Reviews

Marc Galanter, the author, is the John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law and South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and LSE Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Professor Gallanter makes an important point in this book, similar to what Sigmund Freud wrote in his classic study entitled Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious. The serious side of humor is usually the essence of a lawyer joke. Lawyers are widely mistrusted by non-lawyers. The victims of lawyers sometimes do not know that their rights have been violated at the time of occurrence; they usually do not know of any effective legal remedy for recourse to protect their rights; and they are often afraid to speak out because of fear of retaliation. Yet their need to vent is so great that they resort to humor to express their outrage, and the humor serves as a safe cover. If questioned about their meaning, the joke-teller can always say, "I was just joking!" 



Judicial Misfits: A Factual Expose of an Industry Answerable Only to Itself

Book Cover (PDF)

Book Information

Dave Palmer, J.D., the author, is editor of The Committee to Expose Dishonest and Incompetent Judges and Attorneys. The Committee continues to focus primarily on exposing attorney and judicial misconduct. The Committee is neither interested in nor engaged in the sport of lawyer bashing. However, the Committee is interested in performing a service for the public that the legal profession is loath to do.




Law Competence, Ethics and Civility

Ethics and Professionalism

Colin W. Uckert, Partner in Law Firm

Practitioners are often counseled with regard to the seven cardinal rules for ethical behavior:

·  Keep the client informed.

·  Don't procrastinate.

·  Have a clear, written agreement with the client regarding fees and costs.

·  Accept matters only in those areas of law in which you are competent.

·  Avoid conflicts of interest; do not compromise your independent professional judgment.

·  Maintain appropriate controls over client funds.

·  Be honest with your client, opposing counsel and the court.





Ethics on the World Wide Web: Legal Ethics

Professor Paul Martin Lester

California State University at Fullerton




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