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.
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.
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 Profile (PDF)
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.
American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
740 15th Street, NW
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
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
Phone: (217) 523-4431
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Rita Smith, Executive Director
Lincoln Street, Suite #1603
What Is Psychological Abuse?
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Pamela B. Teaster, President
What Is Elder Abuse?
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
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
Center for Community Research and Services
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
BOOKS AND ARTICLES
Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture
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)
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
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.
WORLD WIDE WEB
Ethics on the World Wide Web: Legal Ethics
Professor Paul Martin Lester
California State University at Fullerton
For questions or comments, contact P.C. Wheeler. Email: pcwheel [at] earthlink [dot] net. (c) 2009