Legal Ethics

My purpose here is a discussion of (I) the meaning of “ethics” in a professional sense, and (2) the relation to the subject of the “Canons of Ethics” of the American Bar Association. I have before me a valuable booklet1 in which the author opposes, in one chapter, “Ethical Instruction in the Schools” and, in the other chapter, he favors “Moral Instruction in the Schools.” In his use of words, “ethical” means theory, a science, while “moral” means habits, an art. He persuasively opposes, therefore, the “ethical” while contending for the “moral.”