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Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the WorldJustice in Jesuit Higher Education$
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Mary Beth Combs and Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254309

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254309.001.0001

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Doing Well by Doing Good

Doing Well by Doing Good

The Application of Ignatian Principles to Legal Education

(p.180) 9 Doing Well by Doing Good
Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World

David C. Koelsch

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, justice is not affiliated with any specific campaign for rights; it is a much broader concept than legal ethics or even morality. This idea of justice, rather, is less concerned with the day-to-day conduct of lawyers and whether they are ethical than it is with whether lawyers, through their work, bring peace to clients and resolve contentious issues in a manner that respects the integrity and needs of all. A just result in a legal dispute may be one in which the exploitation of one person by another may be ended or averted but it is also the manner in which the legal dispute was resolved: at the end of the process, do the putative exploiter and exploitee believe that they were respected in the process and, to the extent possible, their needs fulfilled? This result brings about mutual understanding and harmony and, more importantly, promotes a lasting peace where one side or the other is not chafing at a result they believe fails to respect their integrity. This concept of justice is not taught in most law school classrooms. This article charts one path by which reflective practices aimed at promoting justice can be integrated into the law school experience and carried into the legal profession.

Keywords:   Justice, Legal Ethics, Morality, Law School, Legal Profession

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