Ethos and Conscience - A Rejoinder

11 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2010

Date Written: 1989


In “Wanted: An Ethos of Personal Responsibility,” Professor Kleinberger sought to prompt debate about the moral preconceptions of the legal profession. Professor Morawetz responded in his essay, “Layers and Conscience.” This article responds, commenting on Morawetz’s arguments that (1) excessive pessimism about lawyer morality is unfounded and counterproductive; (2) the public’s antipathy toward lawyers is inevitable given the role lawyers play in our society; (3) codes of ethics can and do have an uplifting influence on the morals of lawyers; and (4) law schools can and do train moral judgment.

Keywords: Legal Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Law School, Legal Instruction

Suggested Citation

Kleinberger, Daniel S., Ethos and Conscience - A Rejoinder (1989). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 21, 1989; William Mitchell Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN:

Daniel S. Kleinberger (Contact Author)

William Mitchell College of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States

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