[Editorial]: Symposium on the Ethics and Regulation of Lawyers in the United States of America

Rhode, Deborah and Mortensen, Reid and Sommerlad, Hilary (2014) [Editorial]: Symposium on the Ethics and Regulation of Lawyers in the United States of America. Legal Ethics, 16 (2). iii-v. ISSN 1460-728X


This special issue of Legal Ethics is indeed special. Alexis de Tocqueville’s description of the American legal profession as the Republic’s ‘privileged body’ or ‘aristocracy’ reminds us how the lawyer’s prominent place in the United States is deeply rooted in its national identity, its public culture and its devotion to law.1 Like many of the contributors to this special issue, de Tocqueville found much about this American aristocracy both to admire and criticise. But this aristocracy makes the US ‘a nation under lawyers’.2 And it is entirely consistent
with this that, as an academic discipline, legal ethics was pioneered by American scholars.

American scholars continue to be leaders in the field. At the same time, their prominence has often encouraged a lack of attention to international developments that could inform
US regulatory norms and policies. A special issue of Legal Ethics devoted exclusively to American scholarship was therefore long overdue, and we are pleased that it includes
contributions from scholars who are pre-eminent in the field. Organised by Deborah Rhode, Professor at Stanford University and President of the International Association of
Legal Ethics, the Symposium features a rich cross-section of American scholarship on ethics and the legal profession.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2014 00:30
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 04:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: legal ethics, lawyers, American lawyers
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25640

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