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One of the most persistent criticisms of lawyers' professional
ethics is that lawyers are permitted or required to act ex officio
in ways that they would not consider proper in their personal
conduct. This criticism was perhaps best expressed by Professor
Richard Wasserstrom almost 15 years ago. It has been echoed
and elaborated by others since, notably Professors Postema and
Simon. However, this criticism begins with an erroneous premise
and leads to erroneous implications. The criticism is wrong, I
believe, because it misapprehends legal ethics generally. The
topic thus is a formidable one, to which justice cannot be done
in a single article. Nevertheless, a start can be made.

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