I saw this article in the American Bar Association's Journal E-Report the other day and just had to wonder.
A New Orleans attorney was indicted for over 50 counts with a potential sentence of more than 1000 years. Yikes! His crime? Billing clients for work he might not have actually done. Having clients pay him directly rather than the firm. He also had the firm write checks to various entities he created.
Sounds like a plot for a book at some point.
They really do make aspiring attorneys take an ethics course in law school. It's even covered on bar exams. Attorneys also have to take on-going ethics classes. But sometimes all of that simply isn't enough.