Paul L. Caron

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Can A Christian Be A Corporate Lawyer?

R. Garrett Rice (Ross Aronstam & Moritz, Wilmington, DE), Can a Christian Be a Corporate Lawyer? Tracing Corporate Law's Religious Roots and Identifying How We Can Integrate Our Faith and Work, 43 J. Legal Prof. 143 (2019):

The ways in which members of certain professions (ministers, for example) can serve Christ in the workplace are self-evident. For the Christian corporate lawyer, integrating faith and work may require more conscious effort, but is no less possible. This article begins to explore the ways in which a Christian can serve Christ in the corporate law arena.

Corporate law’s religious foundations are well-documented, ranging from the biblical principles that underlie equity and fiduciary duties, to the Court of Chancery’s ecclesiastical roots. Further, corporate law, despite popular belief, advances key Christian objectives, including through raising society’s collective wealth and by policing corporate fiduciaries. The Christian corporate lawyer needs to take these doctrinal foundations and the benefits corporate law offers and reinject a Christian presence into the practice of corporate law. That is, Christian corporate lawyers can and must integrate their faith and their work. They can do this by, among other things, acting as a peacemaker and gatekeeper instead of a “hired gun,” and counseling their clients as Jesus counseled his followers. And once Christ is brought into corporate law practice, both attorney and client benefit.

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ACB has twice as many black children as RBG had black law clerks in her 40 years as a judge.

Posted by: Anon | Sep 27, 2020 7:09:32 AM

Homework assignment: Write an essay defending a Christian lawyer's right to refuse service to a client whose views/practices on "moral" issues differ from those of the lawyer, e.g., homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion.

Posted by: Tu Phat | Sep 27, 2020 12:16:32 PM

Tu: "Homework assignment."

Unless you're a public defender, there are no legal or ethical requirements that a lawyer accept any client's case. They can decline it for no reason at all, or because their caseload is full.

How's that?

Posted by: MM Classic | Sep 27, 2020 2:13:51 PM

@MM Classic: I for Incomplete (at best). Suggest you consider your pithy analysis after reviewing, among other things: California Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 2-400, Prohibited Discriminatory Conduct in a Law Practice; Stropnicky v. Nathanson,
19 M.D.L.R. 39 (1997). Ciao.

Posted by: tuphat | Oct 3, 2020 11:06:07 AM

tuphat: My response may not have gone through.

I'll accept the incomplete grade (not a lawyer) once you answer me on the point I made: That rule is clear, but what's stopping any lawyer from using another excuse not to take a case they don't like? "Too busy" or "not my speciality" are plausible excuses to cover one's behind and not violate the rule.

Posted by: MM Classic | Oct 5, 2020 9:48:09 PM