PR / Ethics Law Review Articles

This is a great list of articles addressing professional responsibility and legal ethics from a Christian perspective (or at least implicating Christian principles and ideas). Also, many of these articles address what it means, or should mean, for an attorney to be a Christian. Topics such as vocation, calling, and the practical outworkings of one's faith in the legal profession are examined in some detail.

Joseph Allegretti, Lawyers, Clients, and Covenant: A Religious Perspective on Legal Practice and Ethics, 66 Fordham L. Rev. 1101 (1998).

Gordon J. Beggs, Laboring Under the Sun: An Old Testament Perspective on the Legal Profession, 28 Pacific L. J. 257 (1996).

Jeffrey A. Brauch, John Winthrop: Lawyer as Model of Christian Charity, 11 Regent U. L. Rev. 343 (1999).

Robert F. Cochran, Honor as a Deficient Aspiration for “The Honorable Profession”: The Lawyer as Nostromo, 69 Fordham L. Rev. 859 (2000).

Robert F. Cochran, Professionalism in a Postmodern Age: Its Death, Attempts at Resurrection, and Alternative Sources of Virtue, 14 Notre Dame J. Leg. Ethics and Pub. Pol. 305 (2000).

Teresa Stanton Collett, Speak No Evil, Seek No Evil, Do No Evil: Client Selection and Cooperation with Evil, 66 Fordham L. Rev. 1339 (1998).
Professor Collett, whose work focuses on legal ethics in a moral or religious context, discusses the problem for the Christian lawyer of associating with the “unsavory client.”

Daniel O. Conkle, Professing Professionals: Christian Pilots on the River of Law, 38 Cath. Law. 151 (1998).
How can one be a Christian in the legal profession? Professor Conkle provides several perspectives.

Timothy W. Floyd, The Practice of Law as Vocation or Calling, 66 Fordham L. Rev. 1405 (1998).
A brief essay on the basics of the idea of the lawyer’s vocation.

Bruce Frohnen, The Bases of Professional Responsibility: Pluralism and Community in Early America, 63 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 931 (1995).

Leslie Griffin, The Relevance of Religion to a Lawyer’s Work: Legal Ethics, 66 Fordham L. Rev. 1253 AND
Thomas D. Morgan, The Relevance of Religion to a Lawyer’s Work – Legal Ethics: A Response to Professor Griffin, 66 Fordham L. Rev. 1313 (1998)

Randy Lee, Faith Through Lawyering: Finding and Doing What is Mine To Do, 11 Regent U. L. Rev. 71 (1998-99).
This lengthy article explores what it means to be called to be a lawyer.

Arthur Allen Leff, Unspeakable Ethics, Unnatural Law, 1979 Duke L. J. 1229 (1979).

Susan R. Martyn, Are We Moving in the Right Dimension? Sadducees, Two Kingdoms, Lawyers, and the Revised Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 34 Val. U. L. Rev. 121 (1999).
Professor Martyn, a member of the commission reviewing the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct for possible revisions in 2001, addresses issues of confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and fiduciary duty from a Lutheran perspective.

Michael P. Schutt, Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Decline of the American Lawyer: Social Engineering, Religion, and the Search for Professional Identity, 30 Rutgers L. J. 143 (1998).
A discussion of the view of Holmes and thousands after him that the law is an engine and lawyers are social engineers. With this utilitarianism, I contrast Alexis de Tocqueville’s view of the lawyer and the role of the lawyer informed by God’s call and a proper view of the law.

Michael P. Schutt, What’s a Nice Christian Like You Doing in a Profession Like This? 11 Regent U. L. Rev. 137 (1998-99).
A very short essay in answer to the ever-present challenge: “How can a Christian lawyer represent guilty people?” In addition, Prof. Schutt briefly discusses the basic question of God’s justice as opposed to human justice and the public’s concerns about lawyers.

Thomas L. Shaffer, The Profession as Moral Teacher, 18 St. Mary’s L. J. 195 (1986).

Thomas L. Shaffer, On Religious Legal Ethics, 35 Cath. Lawyer 393 (1994).

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