I’m studying for my legal ethics exam at the moment and a key point that has been made in class (that I’ve recorded in my notes) is that a lawyer’s conduct, whether good or bad, will affect the reputation of the profession. Hence, lawyers must do their utmost to act with honesty and integrity. This is our duty (says a not-yet-lawyer) to the court and to clients. How the public perceives the legal profession and whether or not people have faith in the legal profession will depend on how lawyers act. This could also extend beyond the retainer (what they have been commissioned to do by their clients).
Clearly some links with how as Christians we should also take note that our actions will affect the reputation of the followers of Christ and it’s something that we should protect. When we say we are a Christian, we are in essence saying that we are (or endeavour to be) a representation of Christ. That’s serious and it’s not something we should take on lightly. I’m not saying that we can’t make mistakes but when we do, we should own up to them and accept the consequences.
Argh, so much thought could go into this topic/post and there is so much more to say on the topic but will leave it here. Time to head home from the library :D.