Wake Forest Law Review
ethics, legal profession, proverbs
The Old Testament book of Proverbs supplied foundational moral values for our nation's legal ethics. With the adoption and revision of formal codes, moral teaching has virtually disappeared from legal ethics. This essay suggests that the wisdom of Proverbs offers a timely challenge to the character of the legal profession by advocating values which include justice, purity, mercy, humility, honesty, candor, truthful testimony, and civility.
Gordon J. Beggs, Proverbial Practice: Legal Ethics from Old Testament Wisdom, 30 Wake Forest Law Review 831 (1995)