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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

1986

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The Ethics Of Dissent And Friendship In The American Professions, Thomas L. Shaffer Jan 1986

The Ethics Of Dissent And Friendship In The American Professions, Thomas L. Shaffer

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Professional ethics is commonly understood as a creature of the establishment—the study of what the better doctors and lawyers do and impose on their colleagues. But this traditional notion of ethics conveys a message that professionals need only care for their clients or patients to a certain point whether it is the end of the professional’s expertise, the end of the contract or the end of an assigned task. But this ethical understanding loses the sense of professionals serving a community. This Article dissents from that common understanding of ethics and tells dissenting-professional stories that show professional ethics through the …


The Profession As A Moral Teacher, Thomas L. Shaffer Jan 1986

The Profession As A Moral Teacher, Thomas L. Shaffer

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Professional ethics is commonly understood as the standards listed in codes. But ethical codes that are removed from one’s character and the practice of the profession are corrupting. Rather, ethics are properly taught through the profession as a moral teacher. This Article argues that professional stories that instruct on real life experiences and one’s character better educate lawyers and doctors on ethical standards. Sound ethical codes in the profession are those which depend on character.