In regards to question 1, the Task Force likes to use the definition as a starting point for discussion. Not so sexy true, but it is packed with assumptions and value judgments that not everyone agrees with. On the other side of the coin, even though the definition is pretty long, many people bring up important aspects of the profession that the definition has failed to cover. Those opinions often make for a lively start-off to discussions among attorneys.
As for question 2, for the next three posts I will be looking, paragraph by paragraph, at the definition and will let you know what I think. As a teaser, I will let you know right off the bat that I think the definition is too long. With that said, below if the first paragraph of the definition; it is what I will be thinking about for the next couple of days:
By professionalism we mean a group pursuing a learned art as a higher calling in a spirit that it is performing a public service, a service that is indispensable in a democratic nation founded on the rule of law. This calling is no less a public service because it may also be a means of livelihood. Pursuit of a learned art in the spirit of a public service is the essence of being a lawyer. It implies an obligation of dignity, integrity, self-respect and respect for others.
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to be continued . . .