Lawyerly Virtues cuts to the heart of what an ethically good American lawyer should do in the rough and tumble world of day-to-day practice. The book examines, in depth (in ranked order), the ten most important lawyerly virtues and closes with a brief discussion of other miscellaneous virtues for lawyers. Virtues discussed are: Balance, Integrity, Idealism, Compassion, Courage, Creativity, Energy, Justice, Discipline and Perseverance. The book fills a gap in present day teaching at legal institutions and is a must read for every law student or current practitioner.
Professor Robert F. Blomquist is Professor of Law at Valparaiso University School of Law, where he has taught since 1986. Blomquist has authored or edited several law books and nearly 80 law review articles, book chapters and essays on a wide assortment of topics.
After graduating with a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) and obtaining a J.D. from Cornell Law School (where he served as Articles Editor for the Cornell International Law Journal) he practiced federal and state litigation as an associate attorney and later partner with two New Jersey law firms, winning the New Jersey State Bar Association's Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Admitted to both the New Jersey and Indiana Bars, Professor Blomquist has consulted on various environmental and torts cases and was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash (Indiana's highest civilian honor) from Governor Evan Bayh for service on a blue ribbon state environmental reform commission. He has been a Visiting Professor and Scholar at The Australian National University, and Inaugural Visiting Professor and Scholar at the Washington, D.C. think-tank, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and has taught law in England and China. Among his other awards, he is the recipient of a White House Fellowship Regional Finalist Award, Swygert Research Fellowship, and Gromley Distinguished Law Teacher Award. Professor Blomquist received a gubernatorial appointment, and served a four year term, as Vice-Chair of the Indiana Pollution Prevention Board and was elected as a county councilman.