Legal and Judicial EthicsMUST READ CASES (LEGAL AND JUDICIAL ETHICS)Cayetano vs. Monsod, G.R. No. 100113, September 3, 1991Practice of law means any activity,in or out of court, which requires the application of law, legal procedure, knowledge, training,and experience. To engage in the practice of law is to perform those acts which arecharacteristics of the profession. Generally, to practice law is to give notice or render any kind ofservice which, device or service requires the use in any degree of legal knowledge or skill.In the Matter of the IBP Membership Dues Delinquency of Atty. Marcial A. Edillon (IBPAdministrative Case No. MDD-1, A.M. No. 1928, August 3, 1978The practice of law is not a natural, property or constitutional right but a mere privilege, aprivilege clothed with public interest because a lawyer owes substantial duties not only to hisclient, but also to his brethren in the profession, to the courts, and to the nation.Petition for Authority to Continue Use of the Firm Name “Sycip, Salazar, Feliciano,Hernandez & Castillo, G.R. No. X92-1, July 30, 1979A partnership in the practice of law is a mere relationship or association for such particularpurpose. It is not a partnership formed for the purpose of carrying on a trade or business or ofholding property.In the Matter of the Petition for Disbarment of Telesforo Diao vs. Martinez, A.C. No. 244,March 29, 1963An applicant who has not completed his pre-legal education or completed the same only after hebegan his study of law will not be qualified to take the bar examinations, and if by concealmentof that fact he is able to take and pass the bar examinations and thereafter is admitted to the bar,his passing the bar examinations will not validate his admission to practice, taking the prescribedcourse of legal study in the regular manner being as essential as the other requirements formembership in the bar.Philippine Association of Free Labor Unions vs. Binalbagan Isabela Sugar Co., G.R. No. L-23959, November 29, 1971A layman should confine his work to non adversary contentions. He should not undertake purelylegal work such as the examination or cross-examination of witnesses or the presentation ofevidence.Ui vs. Bonifacio, A.C. No. 3319, June 8, 2000Immoral conduct connotes conduct that shows indifference to the moral norms of society and theopinion of good and respectable members of the community. For such conduct to warrantdisciplinary action, the same must be “grossly immoral,” that is, it must be so corrupt and falseas to constitute a criminal act or so unprincipled as to be reprehensible to a high degree.Philippine Aluminum Wheels, Inc. vs. FASGI Enterprises, Inc., G.R. No. 137378, October 12,2000
Legal and Judicial EthicsA lawyer cannot compromise the case of his client without the latter’s consent even if hebelieves that the compromise is for the better interest of the client.
In re: Atty. Renerio G. Paas, A.M. No. 01-12-02-SC, April 4, 2003A lawyer who uses as his office address the office of his wife who is a judge was found guilty of