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Ethics in the Legal Profession; In Wake of Aaron Schlossberg Scandal

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Ethics is defined as “moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.” A person’s ethics is typically determined by their actions, which are a representation of what they consider right and wrong. Recently, attorney Aaron Schlossberg exposed the world to unethical behavior, as he went on a racist rant in a New York City restaurant. Schlossberg was angered by the fact that an employee was speaking to a customer in Spanish and stated, “Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English. Every person I listen to. He spoke it, she’s speaking it. This is America.” A large part of participating in ethical behavior is having respect for others, which Schlossberg showed he clearly lacks. Schlossberg’s discomfort with hearing Spanish spoken by employees led to his disruptive outburst, not only insulting Hispanics but threatening to call ICE to have them kicked out of “his country.”

The Importance of Ethics

The concept of ethics becomes difficult in relation to professionalism. Professionals are typically held to a higher ethical standard than most, particularly in a law profession. Professionals are expected to make judgements and maintain the integrity of not only themselves, but their company and profession. Although there are unethical actions that are not illegal, these actions can reflect one’s immorality. Legal trouble can be the least of your worries, especially when dealing with careers that are focused on providing services for others. People want to work with those that portray integrity, self-control, reasoning abilities and most importantly respect for themselves as well as others. Exhibiting a lack of ethics causes one to lose their credibility with others, greatly affecting relationships.

Ethics is a requirement for human life. It is our means of deciding how we live our lives and the course of action we will take. Without ethics, people would lead lives randomly and aimlessly. To the degree which a rational ethical standard is taken, we can correctly manage our goals and actions to accomplish our most important values. Any imperfection in our ethics will reduce our potential to be successful in our endeavors.

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