All lawyers take an oath before admission to the Bar. The oath is an ancient and sacred requirement of the profession. We pledge to put the interests of our clients before ourselves. This is the core of any professional relationship.
But America has been captured by a strange and immoral idea: that greed justifies anything, that the only obligation—of a corporation, or a law firm, or a citizen—is to maximize profit.
Lawyers cannot maximize profit and honor their oath at the same time. You must choose.
Remember the words of President Lincoln:
“…resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave.”
Be an honest lawyer. Always honor the trust your client puts in you. REMEMBER YOUR OATH.
What Do Lawyers Have to Do With Poison in Baby Food?What Do Lawyers Have to Do With Poison in Baby Food?
Test results obtained by a congressional investigation showed dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury in baby food. These test results were for products manufactured by companies that cooperated with Congress. But some companies didn’t even cooperate. Walmart, Campbell and Sprout Foods refused to turn over the evidence for their own products. What are they hiding? In my experience, withholding this evidence would not have been done without the assistance (and possibly on the advice) of company lawyers. Come on. We’re talking about poison in baby food!!!! You didn’t go to law school hoping to help big companies get away with hiding evidence about potential poison in baby food.
Check out the report: https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/2021-02-04%20ECP%20Baby%20Food%20Staff%20Report.pdf.