"Understanding the rules of lawyers’ ethics is essential because so much turns on them. Wherever you practice in the United States, ethical rules will determine whether you can be a member of the bar and how you conduct your practice. Disciplinary sanctions against lawyers include private reprimands, public censure, suspension of the right to practice, and disbarment." Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics.
Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics presents a systematic position on lawyers' ethics. The authors argue that lawyers' ethics is rooted in the Bill of Rights and in the autonomy and the dignity of the individual. This traditionalist, client-centered view of the lawyer’s role in an adversary system corresponds to the ethical standards that are held by a large proportion of the practicing bar.
From this perspective, the authors of Understanding Lawyers' Ethics analyze the fundamental issues of lawyers' ethics, and particularly the ABA's Model Rules and Model Code. Even if readers do not share the authors' viewpoint, they can benefit from this presentation because it challenges them to appreciate the underlying reasons for the position presented. This treatise is designed to facilitate a real understanding of legal rules as distinguished from a superficial familiarity with them by challenging readers to test their understanding of the legal rules against the readers’ own moral standards and reasoned judgment.
Click the link below for a free download of Chapter 1 of the treatise, which includes a discussion of self-governance, the ABA’s Ethical Codes, the purposes of codes of lawyers’ ethics, lawyers’ ethics and clients’ rights, the lawyer as “officer of the court,” and moral values and ethical choices.
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