Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ethical Question

The professor for my Legal Profession class begins each day with a quote. Here is today's:
One of the highest services the lawyer can render to society is to appear in court on behalf of clients whose causes are in disfavor with the general public. -- ABA and AALS, Professional Responsibility: Report of the Joint Conference (1958)

What does this bring up in your mind? Mine: KKK free speech cases, religious rights, academic freedom cases (like the professor at U of Wisconsin who taught that the US government set up 9/11). What about when taking the case might lead to the downfall of your firm? For example, if a firm decides to represent a KKK member in a very public case, their law student recruitment might be hurt along with the volume of cases they can bring in. Do they still have to take it?


Anonymous said...

It makes me think of To Kill A Mokingbird. My uncle is an attourney, and he says that Atticus Finch is the ideal that every lawyer should work toward.

Anonymous said...

10:59 am needs to re-read the title of that book again. It is spelled "Mockingbird," not "Mokingbird."

It is also spelled "attorney," not "attourney."

I hope that the posters on this blog work toward emulating my grammar rather than that of the poster at 10:59 am.

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