legal ethics; professional responsibility; government lawyers; foreword


Lawyers in government serve in many different roles, both representational and nonrepresentational. Some represent the federal, state, or local government, a particular governmental entity (such as a department of consumer affairs) or agency (such as the NLRB), or public officials in their official capacity. These lawyers render a range of legal services and act as litigators, negotiators, drafters, and counselors. Other lawyers in government serve in nonrepresentative capacities; for example, as elected or appointed officials or as their aides. Scholarship on government lawyers addresses these varied roles and functions from varied perspectives, drawing on different bodies of law and legal theory. The eight articles in this collection could not possibly cover the full range of government lawyers’ work, but they do range widely, addressing government lawyers’ roles as legal advisors and policy advisors, as agency officials and agency counsel, as state and federal attorneys general, and as criminal prosecutors and civil enforcement lawyers. Two of the writings offer historical perspectives. Others illuminate the work of contemporary government lawyers.