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Copyright, 1910,

BY GLEASON L. ARCHER.

All rights reserved

NOV 29 1916

THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE, U. S. A.

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THE MEMORY OF

MY MOTHER

PREFACE

THE great movement for the uplifting of the morale of the profession of law that is sweeping the country has brought prominently to the front the subject of Legal Ethics. It has become recognized among lawyers that the old custom of leaving professional ethics to the untutored ethical instincts of the individual lawyer must now give place to a definite and positive codification of ethics.

The reform movement has manifested itself in the adoption of codes of ethics by various bar associations throughout the country. The present volume is a treatise explanatory of the principles underlying the rules of professional conduct adopted by the bar associations, together with such other principles of legal ethics as would confront the lawyer in his everyday practice.

Legal Ethics include not only an intelligent watchfulness to do right but also a knowledge of long established customs and traditions of the profession. Hence, good intentions and high moral ideals do not always safeguard the lawyer against

violations of legal ethics. Even were it a plain moral issue he may suddenly be confronted by an ethical problem that demands instant decision. In the hurry of the moment he is unable to ponder it well and determine his conduct wisely. He may overlook a significant feature of the problem, or, if the point is nicely balanced and technical, his first judgment may be erroneous.

Thus arises an unintentional violation of the ethics of the profession that stamps the doer as a practitioner of questionable character. Regret however sincere and protestations of innocent intent however vehement can reach but a small fraction of those to whom the original damaging evidence has gone.

It behooves the practitioner, therefore, to take thought of ethical questions in the time of quiet when they can be regarded as abstract propositions to be decided impartially, without the rights of an injured client to warp the judgment or temper it with pity. The mission of this book is to present the great multitude of ethical problem to the reader and to cause him to think them through and, whether the author's reasoning be convincing or not, to decide each question and thus be forearmed against all probable emergencies.

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