What the College Admissions Scandal Tells us About Lawyers Ethics

Jordan Furlong has written a blog post so good it has me fizzing with excitement. The hairs on my arms and neck are, quite literally, standing on end. The writing is brilliant. And the story is really important. It combines both the social and ethical problems that face the legal profession. And it combines them in a compelling, insightful tale which every lawyer and ethic prof can relate to. Blogposts are just blogposts, but this one is seminal. Seriously. Send it to your lawyer friends, your partners, and associates, your trainees or students, the clients with legal departments, your GC buddies. Judges too. Read it, read it, read it!

It begins:

“I’m not worried about the moral issue here,” said Gordon Caplan, the co-chair of AmLaw 100 law firm Wilkie Farr, according to transcripts of wiretaps in the college admission scandal that you’re already starting to forget about. Mr. Caplan was concerned that if his daughter “was caught …she’d be finished,” and that her faked ACT score should not be set “too high” and therefore not be credible. Beyond that, all we know from the transcripts about Mr. Caplan’s ethical qualms is that “to be honest, it feels a little weird. But.”

And it gets better, and better. Really. I might as well pack it up and go home. Find it here




One thought on “What the College Admissions Scandal Tells us About Lawyers Ethics

  1. Thank you for the prompt to read this brilliant piece, which is both depressing and deeply motivating.

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