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Giving Voice to Values in the Legal Profession

Effective Advocacy with Integrity, 1st Edition

By Carolyn Plump


108 pages

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Ethical issues do not occur in isolation. Instead, real-life situations arise in the workplace alongside other pressing issues such as job security, career advancement, peer pressure, manager evaluations, and company profits. For this reason, students and employees in law need concise and common sense guidance that provides a framework for how to voice one's values in the midst of competing interests. This book does just that. By providing twelve accessible scenarios drawn from real-life examples, this book walks readers through some of the most common ethical issues they will face in the workplace and how to address them in a manner that is realistic and effective.

There are two clear reasons to read Giving Voice to Values in the Legal Profession. First, it is practical. The book presents information that is readily useful to students as they move forwards in their personal lives and careers. Second, the book is concise and easy to add to an existing course. It can provide a context for discussing a myriad of issues around ethics in the legal profession.


"We all have faced times when doing the right thing was frightening and risky. To speak up and take action, we need moral courage. But to be effective, we also need sound strategies and skills. The author expertly shows how legal practitioners at all levels can use the powerful Giving Voice to Values strategies and tools to help make things right."

Theodore G. Ryan, Consulting Professor of Ethics in Management, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA

"In her cogent and accessible book, Giving Voice to Values in the Legal Profession, Professor Carolyn M. Plump has elucidated the concrete steps lawyers and business people can take to resolve moral and ethical dilemmas that often wreak havoc in the digitally-connected, global workplace of the 21st century. This book serves both as a training manual for students who crave applicable and real-world skills for future jobs, and as a resource book for lawyers and business people."

M. Diana Helweg Newton, Senior Fellow, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University, USA

"Pragmatic and provocative, Ms. Plump’s text presents concrete case studies that capture the ethical conundrums that many attorneys face on a daily basis, but, in practice, often dismiss or disregard. The problem solving methodology utilized in assessing these real world examples offers an effective framework for prospective practitioners to take to their jobs and hopefully employ in their profession."

Anthony Stamato, Private company Chief Legal Officer and former partner at international law firm

"Plump understands from experience the many types of values conflicts lawyers encounter in their work. Giving Voice to Values in the Legal Profession equips lawyers to constructively address such conflicts. The book is a wonderful toolkit for lawyers who want to ‘act ethically and thrive in the workplace.'"

Vivien Holmes, Associate Professor and Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, School of Legal Practice, Australian National University, Australia

"Using examples gleaned from decades in legal practice, Carolyn provides readers with a journey into the perilous world of the contemporary legal industry, and provides a vibrant framework for addressing even the most difficult of internal rationalizations and values conflicts."

Dr. Keith William Diener, Assistant Professor of Law, Stockton University, USA

"Carolyn Plumb provides an excellent introduction to the methodology of Giving Voice to Values and its applicability to the legal profession. She explains the relevance and importance of moral empowerment and allows readers to practice using their moral voice through the legal scenarios she includes. Her book can serve as a guide for moral integrity to both student and professional alike."

Ira Bedzow, Director of Medical Ethics and Humanities, New York Medical College, USA

"Professor M. Carolyn Plump’s book Giving Voice to Values in the Legal Profession is the beautifully practical, pragmatic and contextual approach to teaching Legal Ethics to Law students that many Legal Ethics teachers have been searching for. Carolyn’s easy to read structured narrative style provides a highly accessible way of introducing students to how to navigate the highly nuanced ethical context of practice without losing sight of the values that they came to law school to promote. This book is an essential contribution to the field."

Anneka Ferguson, Senior Lecturer, ANU School of Legal Practice, Australia

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Context

Chapter 2: GVV Terminology

Chapter 3: Framework for Legal Scenarios


Chapter 4: History of National Ethical Standards

Chapter 5: Major Sources of Ethical Standards

Chapter 6: Rule of Law Versus Spirit of the Law

Chapter 7: Exemplars


Legal Scenario # 1: The Case of Inflated Experience

Legal Scenario # 2: The Case of the Creative Timesheet

Legal Scenario # 3: The Case of the Client Request

Legal Scenario # 4: The Case of the Missing Data

Legal Scenario # 5: The Case of Predicting Outcomes

Legal Scenario # 6: The Case of Combative Opposing Counsel

Legal Scenario # 7: The Case of the Questionable Gift

Legal Scenario # 8: The Case of the Altered File

Legal Scenario # 9: The Case of the Helicopter Benefactor

Legal Scenario # 10: The Case of Pressure from the Bench

Legal Scenario # 11: The Case of a Colleague’s Unethical Conduct

Legal Scenario # 12: The Case of Pressure from the Board



About the Author

Carolyn Plump is Professor of Business Law at La Salle University of Business, USA. Before joining La Salle University, she worked in private practice as a labor and employment attorney at several international and regional law firms. She also served as a Deputy District Attorney for the District Attorney's Office in California, and Assistant Chief Counsel for the United States Senate's Office of Chief Counsel for Employment.

About the Series

Giving Voice to Values

The Giving Voice to Values series is a collection of books on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility that brings a practical, solutions-oriented, skill-building approach to the salient questions of values-driven leadership. Giving Voice to Values (GVV: ) – the curriculum, the pedagogy and the research upon which it is based –was designed to transform the foundational assumptions upon which the teaching of business ethics is based, and importantly, to equip future business leaders to not only know what is right — but how to make it happen.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics