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Getting the Government America DeservesHow Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference$
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Richard W. Painter

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378719.001.0001

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When Lawyers Work for the Government

When Lawyers Work for the Government

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Getting the Government America Deserves


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This chapter focuses on government lawyers. Topics covered include lawyers' fiduciary duty of loyalty to their client, their response to political superiors acting unreasonably, conflicts of interest, rendering legal advice to political superiors, the malpractice liability gap, and ethical obligations of prosecutors. The chapter also addresses the question of whether government lawyers are too political.

Keywords:   fiduciary principle, government lawyers, ethics, prosecutors

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