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Pluralism and Professionalism: The Question of Authority

40 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2004  

Robert K. Vischer

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law

Abstract

Professionalism initiatives tend to presume that the only sources of authority material to a lawyer's cultivation of professional values are grounded in the law and speak to all lawyers. In reality, many lawyers find meaning and purpose in sources of authority that are particular and extralegal. Expanding our conception of authority will equip lawyers to engage questions of professional identity in new, more powerful ways.

Keywords: Legal ethics, professionalism, morality, lawyers

JEL Classification: K4

Suggested Citation

Vischer, Robert K., Pluralism and Professionalism: The Question of Authority. St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=601221 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.601221

Robert K. Vischer (Contact Author)

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