Law as Profession or Business?

noun_107566_ccI woke recently to a twitter feed filled with news from the International Legal Ethics Conference in New York. There were a few sessions that really interested me, and I captured the tweets in a series on Storify. (The final in this series of four.)

I recall when first starting in legal practice in 1990 the recognition by the profession that we were in fact a business. Not all accepted this of course. It’s interesting to see the debate continuing some two decades later. In terms of legal education, there are some interesting facets to this argument. How do we continue to teach ethics and professionalism if what we knew as a profession is now no more than a business? (I know that there will be some strong responses to this question…)

You can find this Storify here.