- Jan 5, 2022
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The Lawyer's Moral Paradox on JSTOR
Thomas W. Giegerich, The Lawyer's Moral Paradox, Duke Law Journal, Vol. 1979, No. 6, Symposium on Law and Ethics (Dec., 1979), pp. 1335-1358
The article considers the classic issue of what to do when a lawyer is seriously convinced that their client is guilty of what's accused and how professional ethical concerns may or may not be addressed by either professional association, reputation, and legal penalties. I've posted it here for those unaware of how tricky this issue really is.
How should society handle this? What should we expect lawyers to do when seriously convinced? Of course they should represent their clients nonetheless, but how should a lawyer do so without losing his edge, and how should society identify lawyers who don't keep their edge nevermind what should society do to lawyers who don't keep it?