Lawyers cannot put their thumb on the scale when weighing meat

The rules of professional conduct, when billing by the hour, prevent a lawyer from billing two clients for the same minute. Thus, you cannot bill one client for travel time and another client for reviewing documents, etc., while en route on the plane. Or, you cannot bill one client for the time waiting in court until his/her case is called and bill another client for other work during that same time.

How about billing clients for time not spent at all doing their work? As a young lawyer, when advised by my mentor, to be liberal with my time sheets, I took this to mean "put my thumb on the scale" when weighing meat in the butcher store. The ABA Journal tells us about a lawyer who did something similar.

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