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Michael S. Frisch


Ethics Counsel, Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Case Western Reserve; J.D., Georgetown

Michael Frisch was appointed as Georgetown Law's first Ethics Counsel in 2001. He is responsible for matters that arise under the Student Disciplinary Code. He serves as...

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Michael Frisch was appointed as Georgetown Law's first Ethics Counsel in 2001. He is responsible for matters that arise under the Student Disciplinary Code. He serves as ethics adviser to the clinical programs, advises students on bar admissions issues, teaches courses in professional responsibility and is faculty co-adviser to the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. His Legal Profession Blog was named to the ABA Journal's first blogging Hall of Fame.

Professor Frisch received the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Faculty award in 2004-05 for the juris doctor program and in 2015-16 for the LL.M. program. He served on the United States Court of Appeals Advisory Committee on Admissions and Grievances from 2008 to 2014 and is a member of the Maryland Bar Admissions Task Force.

Professor Frisch was senior assistant and assistant bar counsel to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals from 1984 to 2001. He was in private practice from 1978-84 and assistant federal public defender for Maryland from 1975-78. He was a research assistant for the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973 and 1974.

 

Recent Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Michael S. Frisch, Zealousness Run Amok, 20 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1035-1056 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Michael S. Frisch, No Stone Left Unturned: The Failure of Attorney Self-Regulation in the District of Columbia, 18 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 325-363 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]
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Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Michael S. Frisch, Zealousness Run Amok, 20 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1035-1056 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Michael S. Frisch, No Stone Left Unturned: The Failure of Attorney Self-Regulation in the District of Columbia, 18 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 325-363 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]
Recent scholarship

In the News

"Unheeded advice: Law firm avoids blame in prosecution," in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly, September 15, 2017, quoting Professor Michael Frisch.

"Overbilling for Legal Work Not All that Uncommon," coverage by Legal Reader, August 29, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

 "After Wedding, An Associate's Overbilling Leads to a Suspension," coverage in The American Lawyer, August 24, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

"'Candid, Contrite' NY Lawyer Gets Lighter Punishment in Ethics Case," coverage by New York Law Journal, August 10, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

"From Threesomes to Channeling the Dead, Not Much Shocks This Legal Ethics Guru," coverage in The National Law Journal, April 25, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Michael S. Frisch.

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"Unheeded advice: Law firm avoids blame in prosecution," in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly, September 15, 2017, quoting Professor Michael Frisch.

"Overbilling for Legal Work Not All that Uncommon," coverage by Legal Reader, August 29, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

 "After Wedding, An Associate's Overbilling Leads to a Suspension," coverage in The American Lawyer, August 24, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

"'Candid, Contrite' NY Lawyer Gets Lighter Punishment in Ethics Case," coverage by New York Law Journal, August 10, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

"From Threesomes to Channeling the Dead, Not Much Shocks This Legal Ethics Guru," coverage in The National Law Journal, April 25, 2017, featuring Adjunct Professor Michael S. Frisch.

"Adderall in Law Schools: A Dirty Little Secret," coverage in Connecticut Law Tribune, November 3, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

"D.C. Court Censures Ex-DOJ Lawyer Who Leaked Bush-Era Spying Program," coverage in The National Law Journal, August 25, 2016, mentioning Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

"D.C. Court Censures Ex-DOJ Lawyer Who Leaked Bush-Era Spying Program," coverage by National Law Journal, August 25, 2016, mentioning Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

"Prosecutors in Freddie Gray case violated officers’ constitutional rights, complaint claims," coverage in The Washington Time, July 19, 2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Michael S. Frisch and Professor Paul Butler.

"When a Client Commits Suicide," coverage in The American Lawyer, June 23, 2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Michael S. Frisch.

"Whistleblower Facing Ethics Charges Over NSA Leak," coverage in Frontline, January 28, 2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

"Pre-Snowden Whistleblower Faces Misconduct Charges, 12 Years Later," coverage in U.S. News & World Report, January 27, 2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

"DOJ Lawyer Who Exposed Bush-Era Surveillance Faces Ethics Charges," coverage in The National Law Journal, January 26, 2016, mentioning the representation of the DOJ lawyer by Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

"Rare Fight Over Bar Discipline; Ex-Amtrak lawyer objects to low-level sanction," coverage in The National Law Journal, November 30, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Michael Frisch.

 

"Surreptitious collection of DNA from water bottle lands lawyer for exonerated inmate in hot water," coverage in the ABA Journal, May 14, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor and Ethics Counsel Michael Frisch.

Suit May Prove Test Case for Question of Non-Lawyer Referral Fees,” coverage in Bloomberg BNA, April 8, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor and Ethics Counsel Michael S. Frisch.

"NC lawyers face bar complaints for Racial Justice Act work," News & Observer, March 27, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor and Ethics Counsel Michael Frisch

"Members Shoot Hoops for a Cause," coverage in Roll Call, March 17, 2015, featuring Home Court 28 and the Law Center's “Hoya Lawyas,” led by Dean William M. Treanor, Dean of Students Mitch Bailin and Adjunct Professor and Ethics Counsel Michael Frisch.

"DC Bar to Lawyers: It’s OK to Change Firms: Business of Law," Bloomberg, February 27, 2015, mentioning Adjunct Professor and Ethics Counsel Michael Frisch.

DC Bar to Lawyers: It’s OK to Change Firms: Business of Law,” coverage in Bloomberg Business, February 27, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor and Ethics Counsel Michael S. Frisch.

"Virginia Mulls Rule for Clients Left by Lawyers: Business of Law," coverage in Bloomberg Businessweek, December 9, 2013, quoting Professor Michael Frisch.

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