Ethics and law : an introduction / W. Bradley Wendel, Cornell University.
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
x, 251 pages ; 25 cm.
Cambridge applied ethics.
Formatted Contents Note
Part I. Lawyers, ethics, and the law: 1. Defining the problem 2. Justifying principles of professional ethics 3. The adversary system 4. The nature of law and why it matters 5. Legal obligation and authority 6. Unjust laws and legal systems Part II. The many roles of lawyers 7. Criminal defense and the problem of client selection 8. Prosecutors 9. Civil litigation 10. Counseling clients 11. Representing corporations: lawyers as gatekeepers?.
"Can someone be a good person yet act in a professional role that may involve deception, procedural trickery, withholding information, and working on behalf of terrible people and institutions? This question is at the heart of legal ethics. Using cases from around the common law world, W. Bradley Wendel looks at issues including confidentiality, the moral responsibility of lawyers, and truth and deception in advocacy. He then examines the classic questions of philosophy of law, including the nature of law, positivism, natural law, the relationship between law and morality, unjust legal systems, and the obligation to obey the law. Finally he considers the ethical issues surrounding the role of lawyers, including criminal defense and prosecution, civil litigation, counseling clients on the law, and representing corporations. Combining the theoretical, philosophical and practical, his book will be of vital interest to students of law, the philosophy of law, ethics, and political philosophy"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-247) and index.
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