Certain Lawyers in Brownsville Texas were recently subjected to intense public scrutiny after a Federal investigation uncovered numerous illegal and unethical activities. While only a handful of lawyers were convicted or disciplined, several members of the legal community in Brownsville were collaterally affected by the black cloud of suspicion created by the Federal investigation. It is important that Lawyers and the legal system operate for the betterment of society, and that the mistakes of the past are not allowed to be repeated. From the Preamble to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct:
1. A lawyer is a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice. Lawyers, as guardians of the law, play a vital role in the preservation of society. The fulfillment of this role requires an understanding by lawyers of their relationship with and function in our legal system. A consequent obligation of lawyers is to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct.