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Some of us are lawyers. We are informed they have a code of ethics. Doctors, dentists and other professionals have theirs, too. Those among us who work in fields without formal codes are still obliged to act ethically. But when we come together in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, we take on a special group identity: we are all expert scientists and witnesses devoted to developing and presenting scientific evidence and opinions in the administration of justice. Though our efforts and focus are as diverse as our sections imply, each of us seeks to be heard and believed, compelling the creation of a code applicable to all of us. I chronicled the origin of the Academy's code in 1986 (1). I propose now to describe how it has functioned for the first 20 years.
Medical Director, Professional Risk Management Group, Long Beach, CA
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