Lawyer as Protector (How Far Can Lawyers Go to Protect their Clients’ Interest?)

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Litigation is both romanticized and vilified in modern Philippine culture. Trial lawyers are seen as briefcase warriors of right, truth, and justice, protecting individuals' rights and advancing the common good. Yet, they are also seen as the personification of avarice and self-centeredness, profiting from multi-million person verdicts that drive good doctors out of practice and encouraging frivolous lawsuits. These desperate images in the minds of the common Juan reflect the moral complexity of the lawyer's role and provide the societal backdrop of professional regulation in this area.

A critical issue facing the criminal justice system today is how best to promote ethical behavior among lawyers in client representation. The legal profession has left much of a lawyer's daily activity unregulated, in favor of a general admonition to "seek justice." Professional norms function only if those working with a given ethical framework recognize the system's implicit dependence on character. A code of professional conduct in which this dependence is not recognized is both content-less and corrupting.

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Litigation is both romanticized and vilified in modern Philippine culture. Trial lawyers are seen as briefcase warriors of right, truth, and justice, protecting individuals' rights and advancing the common good. Yet, they are also seen as the personification of avarice and self-centeredness, profiting from  multi-million person verdicts that drive good doctors out of practice and encouraging frivolous lawsuits. These desperate images in the minds of the common Juan reflect the moral complexity of the lawyer's role and provide the societal backdrop of professional regulation in this area.

A critical issue facing the criminal justice system today is how best to promote ethical behavior among lawyers in client representation. The legal profession has left much of  a lawyer's daily activity unregulated, in favor of a general admonition to "seek justice." Professional norms function only if those working with a given ethical framework recognize the system's implicit dependence on character. A code of professional conduct in which this dependence is not recognized is both content-less and corrupting.

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Source JournalMindanao Law Journal
Journal VolumeMindanao Law Journal Vol. 5 No. 5
AuthorsResci Angelli Rizada, Carell Ryza Natatez, Kristine Mae Quibod, Raja Angelie Tumanda, Ian Julius De Castro, Philip Galagar
Page Count6
Place of PublicationDavao City
Original Publication DateJanuary 1, 2014
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