Preamble: responsibility of the lawyer
Lawyers are neutral client or third party representatives, legal system officers and citizens who have special responsibility for the quality of justice.
A lawyer can perform various functions. As a consultant, a lawyer provides a correct understanding of the client’s legal obligations and obligations and explains the practical implications. As a lawyer, a lawyer diligently asserts the position of the client in accordance with the rules of the opposing system. As a negotiator, a lawyer looks for win-win results that are consistent with the terms of an honest relationship with others. As an intermediary between clients, a lawyer seeks to reconcile their different interests as a consultant and, to some extent, as a spokesperson for each client. As a neutral party to third parties, lawyers do not represent either party, but help the parties to reach their solutions. As an evaluator, a lawyer examines the client’s legal affairs and reports them to the client or others.
In all professional functions, a lawyer must be competent, fast, and diligent. A lawyer must maintain communication with the client about representation. An attorney must keep information relating to client representation confidentially, except to the extent that disclosure is required or permitted by the Code of Professional Conduct or other laws.
The attorney’s behavior must comply with legal requirements, both in professional services to clients and in the attorneys’ personal and business affairs. A lawyer must use legal procedures only for legitimate purposes and not to harass or intimidate others. A lawyer must show respect for the legal system and for those who serve it, including judges, other lawyers, and public officials. While it is the duty of a lawyer, if necessary, to challenge the honesty of official action, it is also the duty of a lawyer to defend the legal process.
As a citizen, a lawyer must work to improve the law, administration of justice, and the quality of services provided by the legal profession. As a member of an educated profession, a lawyer must develop legal knowledge beyond its use for clients, use that knowledge in legal reform and work to strengthen legal education. A lawyer must be aware of deficiencies in the administration of justice and the fact that poor people, and sometimes people who are not poor, cannot afford adequate legal assistance and must therefore devote their professional time and civic influence to them. A lawyer must assist the legal profession in pursuing these goals and must help the bar set itself in the public interest.