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A Code of One's Own

26 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2001  

Joseph P. Tomain

University of Cincinnati - College of Law


A Code of One's Own is an essay exploring the idea that we can learn about professionalism by reflecting on the humanities. The paper is modeled on Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own which is a series of lectures in six chapters. The essay uses those chapters to develop the idea that lawyers, through self-reflection and observation, can develop a professional code of their own. The paper was developed through co-teaching a course entitled, Law in Literature and Philosophy as well as by attending the Aspen Institute and the Glenmoor Institute of Justice for the Legal Profession, which are both Great Books seminars that examine different aspects of law and society.

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Tomain, Joseph P., A Code of One's Own. Notre Dame J of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, Vol. 15, Pp. 153-70, 2001. Available at SSRN: or

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