When King & Spalding publicly reflects upon itself, through its Managing Partner and its Director of Professional Development, it has improved our profession. All of us profit when a powerful law firm searches for itself. But reflection alone, as Terrell and Wildman know, does not improve the professionalism or the morality of our practice. In order for reflection to work this way it must be based upon a good teleology. Terrell and Wildman offer a teleology of practice in which lawyers are to become people who honor the law. This is justified, they tell us, because the law alone holds us together in community. This essay explores whether this is a good teleology for their reflection upon the practice, and whether it is a truthful description of the community in which it finds its justification.
41 Emory L.J. 489 (1992).
Edwards, Linda H. and Simmons, Jack L., "Honoring the Law in Communities of Force: Wildman and Terrell's Teleology of Practice" (1992). Scholarly Works. Paper 362.