The Corporate Lawyer's Role in a Contemporary Democracy

25 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2009 Last revised: 30 Apr 2011

Colin P. Marks

St. Mary's University School of Law

Nancy B. Rapoport

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Date Written: April 10, 2009

Abstract

In this paper, we review the traditional arguments for corporate social responsibility and ask the question of what corporate lawyers should do to help their clients do the right thing ethically. We also set out a test - the technically test -- that highlights when something is usually on the wrong side of the ethical line. (If you have to give legal advice starting with Well, technically..., you're on the wrong side of the line.)

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, legal ethics, corporate governance

JEL Classification: K00, K19, K20, K22, K29, K39

Suggested Citation

Marks, Colin P. and Rapoport, Nancy B., The Corporate Lawyer's Role in a Contemporary Democracy (April 10, 2009). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 77, p. 1269, 2009; UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1376475

Colin P. Marks

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