This article outlines the existing concept of self-regulation and focuses on the deficiencies and inadequacies of that concept. The author proposes that to be effective, self-regulation must encompass more than the traditional disciplinary functions of bar association grievance committees. Specific proposals include: mandatory recertification of attorneys; requiring continued professional education for specialties and for areas in which an individual lawyer has demonstrated weakness; creating administrative machinery to monitor the entire spectrum of professional regulation; assigning quality ratings to individual attorneys; and implementing an aggressive public information program to solicit the public's opinion and to publicize steps the legal profession has taken in the self-regulation process.
Kenneth J. Kavanaugh,
Performance Evaluation, Education, and Testing: Alternatives to Punishment in Professional Regulation,
30 U. Miami L. Rev.
Available at: http://repository.law.miami.edu/umlr/vol30/iss4/8