This above all:
To thine own self be true
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

William Shakespeare

Summary: The health of our legal system depends on the tradition of ethical conduct by all members of the legal system. We must remain true to this tradition.

Don't let your law firm be so dysfunctional that partners and associates run away from it.


The legal profession has always placed great emphasis on using rules of ethics to enforce ethical conduct. While ethical rules are clearly necessary as guides to conduct in a complex legal system, rules do not produce ethical conduct.

Ethical conduct flows from integrity. Integrity flows from being true to our highest values. A law firm that has integrity will act in a manner that is in harmony with the highest personal values of its members.

In recent years a pattern of conduct has emerged that strongly suggests lawyers are acting in their professional lives in a manner inconsistent with their individual values. Specifically, they have been subjugating their personal values to the less clearly defined values of "the firm."