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The Counsel of Rogues? A Defence of the Standard Conception of the Lawyer's Role

ISBN13: 9780754649007
Published: June 2009
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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There is a widespread perception in popular culture, literature, philosophy and in the day to day business of law that even when acting with good conduct, dishonesty and deviousness are displayed by lawyers. This book sets out the principles that comprise the standard conception of the lawyer's role and argues that the moral implications of the conception are mischaracterized.

It suggests that instead of abandoning the conception, lawyers should acknowledge the criticisms levied and should defend a role-differentiated conception of their professional ethical obligations. This in turn will provide protection for clients, guidance for lawyers and will stengthen the respectability and professionalism of the law profession.

Jurisprudence, General Interest, Professional Conduct and Ethics
The standard conception of the lawyer's role
The critique of the standard conception
The idea of role obligation
The standard conception and the role of law
The standard conception and the client-professional relationship
Virtue ethics, legal ethics, and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
Detachment, distance and integrity
Conclusion: a response to the critique