University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 2003, No. 5 (2003), pp. 1173-1179


The topic of this Symposium -- Ethics 2000 and Beyond: Reform or Professional Responsibility as Usual? -- is one that likely does not immediately resonate with many other than professional responsibility teachers and scholars. It is, however, a subject of critical importance to all existing and future members of the legal profession. This was true at the time that the Symposium was conducted in the spring of 2002, and it is even truer today in light of ever-growing concerns with regard to the ethical duties of lawyers, particularly those who represent corporate clients believed or known to be involved in unlawful activities. Indeed, current events suggest that a more appropriate question than that which we posed to our participants might have been: Can the revision of written ethical standards realistically reform or even meaningfully impact the legal profession?