• Truth in Ethics: Law v. Ethics
  • May 25, 2012 | Authors: Katy A. Hynes; John A. Tarantino
  • Law Firm: Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. - Providence Office
  • There is, of course, a relation between law and ethics. In certain circumstances, law and ethics will overlap: what is perceived to be unethical will also be illegal. However, in other situations, law and ethics do not overlap - and, in fact, they may even be far apart. In some cases what is deemed to be unethical will be legal and in others, what is illegal may be perceived as ethical. Behavior that may be perceived as ethical to one person or a group may be perceived as unethical by another. The rule of law is important so that individuals and entities can govern themselves legally - but, whether their conduct is ethical often is a different question. Let’s examine some of the differences in law and ethics.