How Cole Porter Informs the Debate: Ethical Compliance v. Legal Compliance


In an article in the October 2011 issue of the ACC Docket, entitled “Who Needs Business Ethics When You’ve Got the Law on our Side?”, author James Nortz explores the question, “What good is this business ethics crap when there’s a law for everything?” While perhaps phrased in a different manner, most lawyers were certainly trained in law school to focus on the question of whether something was ‘legal’ in performing an analysis of whether a client could engage in some action. Lawyers were generally not trained on whether a client should engage in some action. Nortz looks at some of the differences.

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