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Lawyers brings together thirty-five outstanding excerpts and articles on the legal profession in the first reader to address the whole range of vital questions concerning lawyers and their increasing impact on all aspects of society. Are lawyers merely hired guns or are they morally responsible for the clients they represent? Who does and does not obtain legal services? How does law school make students more conservative? Can law contribute to the creation of a more just society?

Comprehensive and provocative, Lawyers offers a broad overview, critically examining the occupation’s claim to professional status, describing dramatic changes both at home and abroad, and looking at the ways lawyers govern and monitor themselves. The book also examines who is admitted to the bar, emphasizing those long excluded—women and racial minorities—and the range of jobs lawyers perform, especially the two extremes of private practice: solo or small firms, and megafirms with thousands of employees in offices around the world.

Lawyers is the perfect book for a country of would-be Clarence Darrows—and their many admirers and critics.


Introductionp. 1
The Fundamental Dilemma of Lawyering: The Ethics of the Hired Gun
The Adversary System Excusep. 3
An Overview of the American Legal Profession
The Transformation of the American Legal Professionp. 15
The Futures of American Lawyers: A Demographic Profile of a Changing Profession in a Changing Societyp. 20
Chicago Lawyers: The Social Structure of the Barp. 27
Solo and Small-Firm Practice
The Business of Practicing Law: The Work Lives of Solo and Small-Firm Attorneysp. 35
Lawyer-Client Interaction
Law and Strategy in the Divorce Lawyer's Officep. 45
Large Firms
Why the Big get Bigger: The Promotion-to-Partner Tournament and the Growth of Large Law Firmsp. 57
A Little Theorizing about the Big Law Firm: Galanter, Palay, and the Economics of Growthp. 64
Ideology, Practice, and Professional Autonomy: Social Values and Client Relationships in the Large Law Firmp. 70
The Experience of Law School
Making It and Breaking It: The Fate of Public Interest Commitment Law Schoolp. 75
Women Lawyers
Accommodation and Satisfaction: Women and Men Lawyers and the Balance of Work and Familyp. 91
Portia Redux: Another Look at Gender, Feminism, and Legal Ethicsp. 96
Minority Lawyers
Why Are There So Few Black Lawyers in Corporate Law Firms? An Institutional Analysisp. 101
Two Paths to the Mountaintop? The Role of Legal Education in Shaping the Values of Black Corporate Lawyersp. 111
Theories of the Legal Profession
American Lawyersp. 117
Using the Theories: Comparing Legal Professions
Lawyers in the Civil Law Worldp. 133
Using the Theories: The History of American Legal Education
Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1850s to the 1980sp. 145
Beyond Market Control: Professional Associations and the Public Interest
Elite Professionalism in Modern Society: Its Persistence and Its Limitsp. 161
Self-Regulation: Promulgating and Enforcing Ethical Rules
Professionalism as Politics: The Making of a Modern Legal Ethics Codep. 175
Who Should Regulate Lawyers?p. 179
Legal Malpractice: The Profession's Dirty Little Secretp. 181
Ideologies of Professionalism and the Politics of Self-Regulation in the California State Barp. 182
Cultural Images of Lawyers
Lawyers and Popular Culture: A Review of Mass Media Portrayals of American Attorneysp. 193
Women Lawyers in Celluloid: Why Hollywood Skirts the Truthp. 200
Is There "Unmet Legal Need"?
Institutions of Representation: Civil Justice and the Publicp. 213
The Legal Needs of the Publicp. 218
1989 Survey of the Public's Use of Legal Servicesp. 220
How Do People Get Lawyers and Lawyers Get Business?
Bates v. State Bar of Arizonap. 223
In re Primusp. 226
Ohralik v. Ohio State Bar Associationp. 229
Zauderer v. Office of Disciplinary Councilp. 231
Shapero v. Kentucky Bar Associationp. 232
Edenfield v. Fanep. 233
Florida Bar v. Went For It, Incp. 236
When Do and Should Lawyers Render Pro Bono Legal Services?
The No-Fee and Low-Fee Legal Practice of Private Attorneysp. 241
Your Money or Your Life: A Modest Proposal for Mandatory Pro Bono Servicesp. 249
Representing the Poor
Poor People's Lawyers in Transitionp. 253
The Public Defender: The Practice of Law in the Shadows of Reputep. 262
Lawyers and Social Change: Institutions
Liberty and Justice for All: Public Interest Law in the 1980s and Beyondp. 273
Law Without Politics: Legal Aid under Advanced Capitalismp. 282
Lawyers and Social Change: Strategies
Building Power and Breaking Images: Critical Legal Theory and the Practice of Lawp. 291
Subordination, Rhetorical Survival Skills, and Sunday Shoes: Notes on the Hearing of Mrs. G.p. 300
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ISBN: 9781565843240
ISBN-10: 156584324X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st November 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1