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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

1983

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Preface, Thomas L. Shaffer Jan 1983

Preface, Thomas L. Shaffer

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Several years ago, when I lived in Indiana, I got a grant to write a book about lawyers. The newspaper ran a story about it; the paper said I was to study the morals of lawyers. A friend of mine sent me a clipping of the story with a note that said, "It won't take long." My friend held the common Hoosier view that lawyers have no morals. A frontier story tells of the Indiana lawyer who died and whose body was laid out in a room and left for the night. When morning came, there was nothing left in …


The Legal Ethics Of The Two Kingdoms, Thomas L. Shaffer Jan 1983

The Legal Ethics Of The Two Kingdoms, Thomas L. Shaffer

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The question I propose to address while I am with you is this: Is there a special morality for professional life? In terms of convention and argot, the answer to that question would appear to be: Yes, there is a separate morality for the professional lives of lawyers and judges. We do not follow the same morals in public and professional life as we follow in personal life.