The Legal Ethics of Nelson Mandela
40 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2015
Date Written: January 27, 2015
Can a good lawyer also be a good person? In answering in the affirmative, it is helpful to note the legal career of Nelson Mandela — a lawyer — and also a person recognized the world over as being a good person of ethical and moral excellence. The development of Mandela’s professional identity unfolded in the midst of his engagement with the core moral questions that all lawyers must face. Observing Mandela’s engagement with these ethical and moral questions is informative for law students and young attorneys also seeking to lead a professional life in the law that provides inspiration and moral substance. By retelling the story of the development of Nelson Mandela’s professional identity in the law, I hope to demonstrate that a good lawyer can be a good person, as Nelson Mandela was, through the pursuit of a number of different ideals.
Keywords: Nelson Mandela, South Africa, Ethics, Social Justice, History, Racial Justice
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