Correspondence, The Lawyer as Friend (with E. Dauer), 86 YALE L.J. 573 (1977)
We are, most of us, lawyers, or perhaps even worse, makers thereof. We
would, most of us, also be good people if we could. It would be sad, socially
and personally, if the act of being a lawyer necessarily conflicted in some
way with being ethically "good." It will not do, however, either socially or
personally, if we choose to avoid whatever necessary conflict there might
be, not by changing the reality of ourselves, our profession, or our society,
but by changing only the way we talk about who we are, what we do, and
how we and those things function in modern American life. Thus, while
we do not reject Charles Fried's conclusion' that good lawyers can be good
people, we must reject his route.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Leff, Arthur A. and Dauer, Edward A., "Correspondence, The Lawyer as Friend" (1977). Faculty Scholarship Series. 2816.