professionalism, ethics, role of lawyers, pro bono, self interest, public interest


This Speech discusses the decline of the law profession in its commitment to public service. It analyzes the reasons as to why the practice of law has evolved from a profession once thought to epitomize professionalism into one that does not seem much different from other businesses. It discusses the consequences of such a reality. The author suggests measures that the American Bar Association should employ to ameliorate the effects of this reality and outlines steps it should take to help restore the high level of professionalism to the industry.



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