Is working at a big law firm unethical? Copies of a manifesto making this argument, “On Being a Happy, Healthy, and Ethical Member of an Unhappy, Unhealthy, and Unethical Profession,” have lately been passed around law schools like samizdat. Patrick Schiltz, a professor at University of Notre Dame Law School, takes anti-firm animus to a new level by framing an old (losing) argument in moral terms.

The logic is simple: Big-firm lawyers are workaholics, and workaholics are unethical. “To practice law ethically…you must live a balanced life,” he writes in the new Vanderbilt Law Review. “[B]eing admitted to the bar does not absolve you of your responsibility outside of work–to your family, to your friends, to your community, and, if you’re a person of faith, to your God.” Also, he might have added, to yourself.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]