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The Problem of the "Heroic" Model of the Ethical Lawyer

The Problem of the "Heroic" Model of the Ethical Lawyer (Program)

Alice Woolley, University of Calgary (Canada); Tim Dare, University of Auckland (New Zealand); Abbe Smith, Georgetown University School of Law (US); Clark Cunningham, Georgia State University College of Law (US); and Kim Economides, Flinders Law School (Australia)

Moderator: Greg Cooper, Washington and Lee University (US) 

The Problem of the "Heroic" Model of the Ethical Lawyer

Debate and discussion in legal ethics often relies on a model or conception of the ethical lawyer - an identification of the traits or qualities possessed by the "good lawyer." Frequently those models invoke an ideal of lawyer heroism - of the good lawyer as the lawyer who transcends ordinary standards of behavior. This panel explores and questions the invocation of the heroic lawyer, considering whether heroic models are useful or beneficial and, even if they are, whether the traditional heroic models of the ethical lawyer are the right ones.

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