American Lawyers and Their Communities: Ethics in the Legal Profession

American Lawyers and Their Communities: Ethics in the Legal Profession

American Lawyers and Their Communities: Ethics in the Legal Profession

American Lawyers and Their Communities: Ethics in the Legal Profession

Synopsis

Examines the ethical development of American lawyers against a historical, cultural, and religious backdrop. Goes beyond the rules and statements of professional organizations, such as the American Bar Association, and considers how lawyers actually perceive their responsibility for their communities and the ethical standards of their profession. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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We are hesitant to articulate our sense that we need one another as much as we need to stand alone, for fear that if we did we should lose our independence altogether. the tensions of our lives would be even greater if we did not, in fact, engage in practices that constantly limit the effects of an isolating individualism, even though we cannot articulate those practices as well as we can the quest for autonomy.

Robert N. Bellah et al., Habits of the Heart

Legal ethics owes as much to Richard M. Nixon as it does to the American Bar Association. Interest in legal ethics in the last decade is one of many consequences of the burglary in 1972 at the Watergate Hotel. the criminal politics that destroyed Mr. Nixon's presidency summoned American lawyers to a serious, systematic curiosity about the morals of their craft.

A distressing number of the Watergate villains, including the President, were lawyers: John Dean, John Ehrlichman, G. Gordon Liddy, John Mitchell, Robert C. Mardian, Richard Kleindienst, Herbert Kalmbach. the bar-association committees that tend professional image were not consoled by the fact that many of the Watergate heroes were also lawyers: Senator Sam Ervin, Representatives Barbara Jordan and Caldwell Butler; Archibald Cox, James St. Clair, Judge John J. Sirica.

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