Reaffirming legal ethics: taking stock and new ideas [Introduction]

Tranter, Kieran and Bartlett, Francesca and Corbin, Lillian and Mortensen, Reid and Robertson, Michael (2010) Reaffirming legal ethics: taking stock and new ideas [Introduction]. In: Reaffirming legal ethics: taking stock and new ideas. Routledge Research in Legal Ethics . Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, Oxon. United Kingdom, pp. 1-11. ISBN 978-0-4155-4653-9

Abstract

It has been over thirty years since the founding crises that birthed legal ethics as both a field of study and a discrete field of law. In that time thinking about the ethical dimension of legal practice has taken several turns: from justifications of zealous advocacy, to questions of process and connections to specifically legal values, to more recently consideration of legal conduct as part of a wider field of virtue. Parallel to this dynamism of thought, there has also been significant changes in how legal professions, especially within those that possess a common law heritage, have been regulated and the values and conceptions of legitimate conduct that has informed this regulation. This volume represents an opportunity for a comprehensive review of legal ethics as an international movement. Contributors include many of the key participants to the legal ethics field from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, including David Luban and Deborah Rhode, as well as many of the recognised emerging thinkers. The theme of the book is taking stock of the last thirty years of legal ethics practice and scholarship and also a forum for new ideas and new thinking regarding the conduct of lawyers and the moral and social responsibility of the legal profession. The contributions also consider the topic of dynamism. Over the last decade significant developments in both the expectations of professional conduct and the regulation of the profession has been experienced in all jurisdictions, which has seen traditional, and once sacred, conceptions of lawyering challenged and re-evaluated. The contributors also look at the theme of affirmation. Within an increasingly complex environment of change and dynamism, this volume reaffirms that there is value within the field of legal ethics. That is the project of reflecting on the unique ethical and conduct requirements of lawyering can not be submerged into a broader field of applied philosophy, management or regulatory studies. While this volume does not deny the opportunities that exist for interdisciplinary engagement with philosophy, social science or politics, it affirms legal ethics as a legitimate and highly relevant field of inquiry.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 Routledge. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. Print copy held in USQ Library at call no. 174.3 Rea.
Depositing User: Prof. Reid Mortensen
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2010 05:48
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 00:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: legal ethics; lawyers; legal education
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220105 Legal Ethics
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4324/9780203849354
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8586

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