Sustainable Professionalism

Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 46, No. 1, p. 51, 2008

53 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2008

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Trevor C. W. Farrow

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School


This article challenges traditional visions of lawyering by building on current alternative narratives and articulating a new discourse of professionalism that is personally, politically, ethically, economically, and professionally sustainable. It is a discourse that makes space for lawyers' principles, interests, and life preferences by balancing them with other important interests (including, but not dominated by, those of clients). It is a discourse that seeks to make good on aspirational promises of equality, access to justice, and protecting the public interest. And it is a discourse that takes seriously obligations to, as well as benefits from, the culturally complicated makeup of the bar and pluralistic and globalized civil societies.

Keywords: Professionalism, professional responsibility, ethics, morals, morality, conduct, legal ethics, regulation, lawyers, legal profession, law, sustainable, responsible, pluralism, attorney, solicitor, barrister, counsel, bar, education, legal education, zealous advocate, moral lawyer

Suggested Citation

Farrow, Trevor C. W., Sustainable Professionalism. Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol. 46, No. 1, p. 51, 2008, Available at SSRN:

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