Over the past decade or so, a massive exportation of U.S. lawyer ethics law, primarily to emerging democracies, has been taking place. The exportation has been managed largely, but not exclusively, by ABA Rule of Law programs, funded extensively by grants from USAID. Excellent work is being done by these programs and nothing in this essay should be read to suggest that these projects lack value. But in one respect, the work of these and other such projects is sometimes tinged with cultural imperialism...The large-scale adoption of U.S. models of lawyer and judge regulation outside the United States is likely to produce unfortunate results. The U.S. lawyer regulation system has much to recommend it, but it has serious flaws, and more importantly for this purpose, it has no real relationship with lawyer culture outside the United States.

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