The Conflicting Ethical, Legal, and Public Policy Obligations of the Government’s Chief Legal Officer

Vol. 22 No. 3


Michael A. Cardozo is a Partner with Proskauer Rose LLP and served as New York City Corporation Counsel from 2002 to 2013.

(Editor's Note: This article is adapted from the Maurice Rosenberg Memorial Lecture, presented by the author April 8, 2014 at Columbia Law School.1)

What is the proper role of the chief lawyer for a government entity? Drawing on my 12 years of experience as Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, I address in this article the ethical, moral, legal, and public policy obligations and values that should guide the actions of an attorney who is fortunate enough to be the principal lawyer for a government body.

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