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The Paradox of Professionalism
Lawyers and the Possibility of Justice


Scott L. Cummings, Robert W. Gordon, Terence C. Halliday, Marc Galanter, John T. Nockleby, Lynn Mather, Philip Lewis, Deborah L. Rhode, Carrie Hempel, Carroll Seron, Penelope Andrews, Ann Southworth, Anthony Paik, John P. Heinz, Frank Munger, Lucie E. White, Richard L. Abel
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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521145992

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  • This book is about the role of lawyers in constructing a just society. Its central objective is to provide a deeper understanding of the relationship between lawyers' commercial aims and public aspirations. Drawing on interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives, it explores whether lawyers can transcend self-interest to meaningfully contribute to systems of political accountability, ethical advocacy and distributional fairness. Its contributors, some of the world's leading scholars of the legal profession, offer evidence that although justice is possible, it is never complete. Ultimately, how much - and what type of - justice prevails depends on how lawyers respond to, and reshape, the political and economic conditions in which they practise. As the essays demonstrate, the possibility of justice is diminished as lawyers pursue self-regulation in the service of power; it is enhanced when lawyers mobilize - in the political arena, workplace and law school - to contest it.

    • Offers an interdisciplinary and comparative look at the legal profession
    • Includes contributions from the world's leading scholars of the profession
    • Argues that justice is possible but never complete
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521145992
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: what good are lawyers? Scott L. Cummings
    Part I. Lawyers and the Public Good: The Fundamental Dilemma:
    2. Are lawyers friends of democracy? Robert W. Gordon
    3. 'The conscience of society?': the legal complex, religion, and the fates of political liberalism Terence C. Halliday
    4. More lawyers than people: the global multiplication of legal professionals Marc Galanter
    5. Faces of the tort pyramid: compensation, regulation, and the profession John T. Nockleby
    Part II. Lawyers and Their Clients: Determinants of Ethical Practice:
    6. How and why do lawyers misbehave? Lawyers, discipline, and collegial control Lynn Mather
    7. Aspects of professionalism: constructing the lawyer-client relationship Philip Lewis
    8. Professional regulation and public service: an unfinished agenda Deborah L. Rhode
    9. An innovative approach to legal education and the founding of the University of California, Irvine School of Law Carrie Hempel and Carroll Seron
    Part III. Lawyers and Social Change: Mobilizing Law for Justice:
    10. Without fear, favor, or prejudice: judicial independence and the transformation of the judiciary in South Africa Penelope Andrews
    11. Lawyers in national policymaking Ann Southworth, Anthony Paik, and John P. Heinz
    12. Cause lawyers and other signs of progress: three Thai narratives Frank Munger
    13. African youth mobilize against garbage: economic and social rights advocacy and the practice of democracy Lucie E. White
    14. Epilogue: just law? Richard L. Abel.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Lawyering and Justice
    • Professional Responsibility
  • Editor

    Scott L. Cummings, School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles
    Scott Cummings is a Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also the faculty coordinator of the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. He specializes in the legal profession, law and social change and economic development.


    Scott L. Cummings, Robert W. Gordon, Terence C. Halliday, Marc Galanter, John T. Nockleby, Lynn Mather, Philip Lewis, Deborah L. Rhode, Carrie Hempel, Carroll Seron, Penelope Andrews, Ann Southworth, Anthony Paik, John P. Heinz, Frank Munger, Lucie E. White, Richard L. Abel

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