Monroe Freedman and the Morality of Dishonesty: Multidimensional Legal Ethics as a Cold War Imperative

Well before the turn of the last century, Monroe Henry Freedman’s place in the history of legal ethics had been established. Often, he would be introduced by reference to professional honors. Audiences would be told, for instance, that he had received the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Michael Franck Award for distinguished contributions to professional ethics, the New York University Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award for decades of work to advance human dignity and social justice, and the New York State Bar Association Sanford Levy Award for extraordinary contribution to the field of professional ethics through a body of work spanning four decades. There was no shortage of awards to choose from: ones that recognized his contributions to legal ethics, inspirational teaching, bold stands on civil rights and civil liberties issues, deep religious values, and unyielding defense of unpopular clients and egalitarian causes.

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