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Rethinking Legal Ethics

By Jr. Geoffrey C. Hazard

Abstract

If one were to do a book on the conscience of a lawyer in this day andage, one might begin by examining and attempting to reconcile the conflictbetween person and professional that persists within every lawyer. Thatconflict is not unique to the legal profession; it is a central dilemma ofdoctors, accountants, businessmen, clergymen, bureaucrats, union leaders,politicians, and workmen. In a broader sense, it is a dilemma of everyonewho must be different things to different people while remaining in somesense true to himself-parent, spouse, neighbor, voter, clubmember, andfriend. The dilemma is especially pressing on professionals, however, fortheir vocations by definition involve a high degree of autonomy in the waysthey perform their calling

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 1974
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.law.yale.edu:fss_papers-3285
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