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This was written in response to a call from the W.M. Keck Foundation for essays on the topic: To what extent should the ethical responsibilities of a lawyer in civil litigation include the obligation to assist the judge or jury in arriving at the truth? I am grateful to the W.M. Keck Foundation for pressing the important dialogue about how our legal system and those who work in it ought to serve our society and for forcing me to think again about why we lawyers are who we are. It took me almost thirty years of trying cases, deaning, and teaching to fully understand that meaningful truth is the people one encounters in searching for it.