Report ineffective assistance allegations promptly to access expert help
In a recent article in Advocate Daily, writer Peter Small reported on criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau’s recommendation that lawyers call LAWPRO promptly upon learning that a former client has alleged ineffective assistance by trial counsel as a ground for appeal. Daviau has been retained by LAWPRO in the past to represent lawyers facing these kinds of claims. She notes that while the test for finding ineffective representation is stringent, the allegations alone can harm a lawyer’s representation. Obtaining expert assistance from LAWPRO at an early stage can help minimize any claim or reputation repercussions.