Kirk Makin canvasses the future of legal ethics in Ontario in a thoughtful article in today's Globe:
The first task for proponents of the professionalism movement has been defining what they mean. By consensus, it appears to boil down to civility; mentoring; continuing education; maintaining client confidentiality; avoidance of conflicts; and maintaining independence.
"It has to do with the notion that being a lawyer does not mean simply holding a job," said Ontario Court of Appeal Judge Stephen Goudge, a moving force in the campaign. "This is about being part of a profession that is given a stature and a certain prestige and, in return, includes a significant service component."
...The key question for the professionalism movement lies in whether counsel - not only academics and law society benchers - also buy into it. The answer is likely to hinge on whether the movement maintains a sense of realism about life in the legal trenches.
See the full article: It's about so much more than billable hours
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto