Morality, Professionalism, and Happiness

By Benjamin P. Hayek
February 03, 2007
Not long ago, with the practice of law came prestige, respect, and personal fulfillment. Not long ago, American lawyers viewed their highest goal to be “the attainment of wisdom that lies beyond technique—a wisdom about human beings and their tangled affairs that anyone who wishes to provide real deliberative counsel must possess.” Not long ago, lawyers understood that the best among them became not only an expert in the law, but a person of sound practical judgment. Not long ago, lawyers were “figure[s] of wisdom and judgment, zealously representing clients but always respecting the dignity of the truth.” Not long ago, but no longer....