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Internalizing a Fiduciary Mindset to Put the Client First
Professor Neil Hamilton, Co-director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, discusses why it is important for each new law student and lawyer to internalize a responsibility to put both the client’s and the legal system’s interests before the lawyer’s self-interest. He describes this responsibility to the client as the basis upon which client trust in the lawyer and the profession is founded. Details are provided about Professor Hamilton’s experiences teaching, and evidence is set forth from various studies which point to the importance of forming an ethical tradition to be used in a lawyer’s practice, not only because it helps to develop good judgement, but also, because it is a characteristic desired by legal employers.