AS LAW MODERNIZES THESE VALUES WILL BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER BEFORE
This week I want to examine four core values that I believe enable effective legal service and promote public confidence, and their implications for our future.
In almost all discussions of the future of law we focus on change. What we need to do differently. That is because we can and must do better. A very healthy outlook.
But, as we make changes, we should never lose sight of what enables clients and the public to have confidence in law and our justice system. Those core values can be our guide as we decide how and what we change.
The Core Values of Effective Legal Service
The concept of “core values” took on special meaning for me when I read Jim Collins’ and Jerry Jerry Porras’ seminal book Built to Last. They were very helpful at Orrick as we articulated what mattered most many years ago. They are values that must never be compromised. No matter how other considerations weigh on a decision, the core values must be honored.
I believe there are four core values that comprise the foundation of effective legal service: Client Focus; Quality; Character; and Reliable Outcomes. These are values established by our current system, at its best. Here are my thoughts on each.
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