A Human Rights Code of Conduct: Ambitious Moral Aspiration for a Public Interest Law Office or Law Clinic

91 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. 559 (2017).

Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-09

48 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2018 Last revised: 13 Sep 2019

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Lauren Bartlett

Saint Louis University - School of Law; Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law

Date Written: July 11, 2017

Abstract

The standards regulating the decision-making and behavior of lawyers in the U.S. currently provide inadequate guidance for many of the ethical dilemmas that practicing attorneys face on a daily basis. Universal human rights principles—the concepts of morality underlying much of human rights law—provide more ambitious moral direction that lawyers can use to guide decision-making and behavior. This article discusses why additional aspirational goals are needed for the legal profession and explains how and why to apply universal human rights principles to lawyering in the U.S. The article goes on to introduce the idea of adopting a human rights code of conduct for a public interest law office or law clinic. Included with this article are sample human rights codes of conduct used by a legal aid organization, a human rights organization, and a law clinic, as well as practical suggestions for leading efforts to adopt a human rights code of conduct.

Keywords: human rights legal ethics professionalism code of conduct aspiration dignity respect law clinic law office public interest legal aid

Suggested Citation

Bartlett, Lauren, A Human Rights Code of Conduct: Ambitious Moral Aspiration for a Public Interest Law Office or Law Clinic (July 11, 2017). 91 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. 559 (2017)., Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3131239

Lauren Bartlett (Contact Author)

Saint Louis University - School of Law ( email )

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St. Louis, MO 63101
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Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law ( email )

525 South Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
United States

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