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Unauthorized Practice on Craigslist?

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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4 Responses

  1. Max says:

    Yikes, never cite a PA statute to make any general points — doth ye not know thar be dragons in the PA Unconsolidated?

    As for Craigslist, I don’t think a sensible rule could really be devised limiting the practice, except to hold those who claim to be lawyers liable. Law is “practiced” every day by millions of people, often anonymously over the internet. And in a free public forum like Craigslist, there is not the same danger of a paying client receiving bogus legal advice without any redress available. If you can make it to Craigslist, you can make it around to verify — or at least question — the citizen-to-citizen advice you receive.

  2. Seth R. Feldman says:

    im going to agree with Max…the average person picks up legal knowledge through their average, ordinary daily life. sharing it shouldn’t be restricted in any way and its only the person who puts themselves forward as a lawyer who should be held liable for offering incorrect advise.

  3. Dave Hoffman says:

    Max and Seth: I understand your argument, but the background law is that you don’t need to identify as a lawyer to be practicing law, merely exercising “legal judgment” (as a case I’m familiar with read). I also understand the intuition that payment should be a necessary condition for an UPL suit, but I wonder whether that would in the end result in some disastrous results for the poor.

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