Ethics in Practice
Stanford Law School
August 17, 1999
Stanford Law School, Public Law and Legal Series, Working Paper No. 2
This essay serves as the introductory chapter of an edited collection, Ethics In Practice (forthcoming, Oxford University Press), which focuses on problems of professional responsibility and professional regulation. The Chapter offers an overview of the structural sources of these problems -- the economic conditions, adversarial premises, and regulatory frameworks that compromise moral commitments. Its central claim is that until the bar addresses the underlying forces that drive professional choices, a wide gap will persist between the ideals and institutions of lawyers' working lives.
Note: A revised version of this working paper is forthcoming as the introductory chapter in Ethics in Practice, Oxford University Press, 2000.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45working papers series
Date posted: January 11, 2000
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