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problems with lawyers who were unprepared, incompetent or un- truthful. Despite experiencing se- rious misbehavior in their courts, more than half had never reported a lawyer to the State Bar. The message left with the judges is that lawyer misbehavior is likely to continue if there are no negative consequences for the offenders. RAPT has helped develop a proto- col to be followed when it is appro- priate for the Atlanta Bar to speak on the behalf of judges who are publicly criticized but are ethically constrained from defending their actions. Helping the public under- stand why judges have no choice but to follow the law even when it produces an unpopular result fits with the committee mission. Fulton County Courthouse and is also available on the Atlanta Bar Website here. Pamphlets are fine but what are we to do about more complex mat- ters? Most agree that our litigation process takes too long and costs too much. What can be done about that? What can be done to increase the likelihood of negative conse- quences for unethical behavior? RAPT continues to struggle with these and other issues. FOLLOW US ON @atlantabar Other matters considered by RAPT include the State Bar’s Client Se- curity Fund which seems inap- propriately low when compared to such funds in other states and malpractice coverage. The public may believe that all or most law- yers have malpractice insurance, but many do not. In some states, lawyers are required to advise cli- ents that they have no coverage. We should do the same. RAPT has prepared various writ- ten materials. A good example is a pamphlet describing the various considerations which should go into the process of hiring a lawyer. That pamphlet is being distributed at the The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association THE ATLANTA LAWYER 23