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Assessing Lawyers' Ethics: A Practitioners' Guide

ISBN13: 9780521764223
Published: December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £83.00

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Legal practitioners operate in an environment of seemingly endless ethical challenges, and against a backdrop of diminishing public opinion about their morality. Based on extensive research, Assessing Lawyers' Ethics argues that lawyers' individual ethics can be assessed and measured in realistic frameworks. When this assessment takes place, legal practitioners are more likely to demonstrate better ethical behaviour as a result of their increased awareness of their own choices. This book advocates a variety of peer-administered testing mechanisms that have the potential to reverse damaging behaviours within the legal profession. It provides prototype techniques, questions and assessments that can be modified to suit different legal cultures. These will help the profession regain the initiative in ethical business practice, halt the decline in firms' reputations and reduce the risk of state-sponsored regulatory intervention.

Professional Conduct and Ethics
1. An opportunity for law societies
2. Ethical failures, research and core qualities
3. Understanding ethical methods and types
4. Mechanisms to offset business pressure on legal ethics
5. Discovering practitioners' opinions about ethics assessment and psychological testing for integrity
6. Developing character: disciplinary histories and clients' assessments
7. Measuring awareness of values and ethics
8. Entrenching ethics assessment
Appendix A. Research methods: the Melbourne study
Appendix B. Awareness of ethical type: detailed methodology for scale development
Appendix C. Prototype scale of preference for legal ethical type.