The Lawyer’s Job

Nicholas Katzenbach

” But the job of a lawyer rendering advice is not to seek to satisfy the client’s wishes, but it is to inform the client, as objectively as possible, what the law requires or permits and make every effort to ensure compliance. I think that is a lawyer’s duty whoever the client is, a public official or a private enterprise, and however anxious the lawyer is to please the client, the advice should be informed, honest, and as objective as possible. It should not depend on the client’s desires or even on a view as to the desirability of the end sought.”

Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, Esq. (Former Attorney General of the United States). Remarks at the Opening Session of the 2009 American Law Institute, upon Receiving the Judge Friendly Medal.


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