The Guiding Restraint of the Professional Spirit

Vernon R. Pearson, The Guiding Restraint of the Professional Spirit, 24 Gonz. L. Rev. 203 (1988).

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I am pleased to keynote this seminar on professional responsibility which seeks to consider not only the rules of professional conduct, but also the ethics and morality of our profession.

In no other profession is the tension so acute between the ethical choices the lawyer must make to fulfill his or her professional obligations and the economic self-interests of the lawyer.

There is a public perception that lawyers are indeed placing economic self-interest, often times referred to as “profit maximization” or “greed,” above their professional responsibilities. This perceived decline in “professionalism” is or should be the core of any seminar on professional responsibility. . . Read More

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