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Understanding Lawyers' Ethics

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Closely related to the concept of client autonomy is the lawyer’s obligation to give “entire devotion to the interest of the client, warm zeal in the maintenance and defense of his rights and the exertion of [the lawyer’s] utmost learning and ability.” The ethic of zeal is a “traditional aspiration” that was already established in Abraham Lincoln’s day, and continues today to be “the fundamental principle of the law of lawyering” and “the dominant standard of lawyerly excellence.”




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