Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts


Mafé Rajul


Ensuring a client’s compliance with court orders and federal law is becoming a bigger responsibility for attorneys. This is because courts and Congress are starting to hold attorneys to higher standards with respect to their clients’ compliance with litigation duties and with federal law. This Article will address the duties Congress imposed on lawyers through the Sarbanes-Oxley Act with respect to up-the-ladder reporting and will parallel such standards with those set by the Southern District of New York court in Zubulake with respect to preserving electronic discovery in anticipation of litigation. Although the duties imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and those imposed by the Zubulake court differ from one another, both show the direction in which lawmakers are moving with respect to lawyers’ ethics and obligations: lawyers are being held responsible for their clients’ wrongdoing!

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