The trial lawyer, especially, must recognize that the entire basis of legal intercourse is ethical and moral. Even viewed solely from the standpoint of those whom he represents, the attorney who enjoys a reputation for high ethical standards receives favorable treatment from the court which inures to the benefit of the client. First of all, the court knows that whatever a trial lawyer says or does, he dos so with the sincerity of his convictions, and also because he believes that it is the moral and proper thing to be done. The court is bound to attach greater weight to the statements and actions of a lawyer whose ethical standards are of the highest than to the conduct of one whose motives are often in question.
Leonard M. Ring,
Legal Ethics of the Trial Lawyer--How They Serve the Client,
San Diego L. Rev.
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