Ethics Matters

The Dangers Of Dabbling

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


Legal risk managers often warn against dabbling. The dictionary defines it as a superficial or intermittent interest, investigation, or experiment in an unfamiliar field. I am a lawyer. I write an occasional column for this paper. As a journalist, I am probably a dabbler. I try my best, but I am far from Pulitzer Prize caliber. (Just ask my editor.) A more serious problem occurs when a lawyer dabbles in areas of law that he or she is not conversant with. Bad things often happen.

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