By Jules Coleman
The Postscript to 'The inspiration of legislation' includes Herbert Hart's simply sustained and thought of reaction to the objections made by means of his exclusive critic, Ronald Dworkin. during this impressive assortment, an array of best criminal philosophers evaluates the good fortune of Hart's responses to Dworkin.
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Shortly after introducing these principles, Schwartz raises two points about them: It might be argued, that the law cannot convert an immoral act into a moral one, nor a moral act into an immoral one, by simple fiat. Or, more fundamentally, the lawyer’s nonaccountability might be illusory if it depends upon the morality of the adversary system and if that system is immoral . . 8 4 1 William Whewell, The Elements of Morality, Including Polity 258–59 (John W. Parker, 1845). George Sharswood, A Compend of Lectures on the Aims and Duties of the Profession of the Law 84 (T.
He sells to his Client, 1 Roy Cohn, interview, Nat’l L. , Dec. 1, 1980, at 46. , 1978). 3 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Duties and Needs of an Advocate, in The Table Talk and Omniana of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 140–41 (T. , George Bell and Sons, 1888). 2 20 le g al e t hi cs a n d h u m an di gn it y not only his skill and learning, but himself. 4 Whewell’s position is not commonly acknowledged to be valid. ”5 A lawyer is not to judge the morality of the client’s cause; it is irrelevant to the morality of the representation.
These duties of zeal, disinterestedness, and confidentiality – what might be called the Three Pillars of Advocacy – form the core of an attorney’s professional obligations. The structure of the adversary system, then – its fission of adjudication into a clash of one-sided representations – explains why Schwartz’s Principle of Professionalism holds. But it explains the Principle of Nonaccountability as well. If advocates restrain their zeal because of moral compunctions, they are not fulfilling their assigned role in the adversary proceeding.