Morality and the role-differentiated behaviour of lawyers
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According to a common view of the legal profession the proper professional conduct of lawyers is itself morally debilitating; more precisely, it is thought that simply in performing their professional role lawyers will come to suffer a kind of moral blindness. While I do not think this view is accurate, it is not necessarily an expression of simple prejudice; on the contrary, this view can be founded on a respectable philosophical argument. the argument I have in mind here has been given careful expression by Richard Wasserstrom, who claims that the lawyer-client relationship leads lawyers to occupy what he calls 'a simplified universe which is strikingly immoral'.