Australian Lawyers as Public Citizens

Lillian Corbin, 'Australian Lawyers as Public Citizens' (2013), 16(1) Legal Ethics 57-72

22 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2013 Last revised: 18 Jul 2015

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Lillian Corbin

University of New England (Australia) - School of Law

Date Written: April 4, 2013

Abstract

While debate continues over the role of the lawyer in society, this article notes that the recently amended professional conduct rules of both barristers and solicitors prioritise the duty to the court and the administration of justice. In addition, legal education initiatives support this position. By referring to Australia’s proposed regulatory framework and associated national professional conduct rules, and drawing upon the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct and a body of US literature that refers to lawyers as public citizens, this article will argue that Australian lawyers owe a duty to the public in their everyday dealings with clients. In doing so, this article will refer to some theories of citizenship; and what it means for lawyers, in a practical sense, to act as public citizens.

Keywords: Citizen, Lawyer, Professional conduct, public service, legal education, ethics

JEL Classification: K20

Suggested Citation

Corbin, Lillian, Australian Lawyers as Public Citizens (April 4, 2013). Lillian Corbin, 'Australian Lawyers as Public Citizens' (2013), 16(1) Legal Ethics 57-72. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2244714 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2244714

Lillian Corbin (Contact Author)

University of New England (Australia) - School of Law ( email )

Australia

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