Access to Justice / Edition 1

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Overview

"Written by America's leading expert on legal ethics, Access to Justice chronicles the wide gap between the lofty aspirations and harsh realities of American justice. As Deborah L. Rhode demonstrates, America is over-lawyered and underrepresented: there is too much law for those who can afford it and too little for everyone else." Access to Justice avoids both simplistic lawyer-bashing and liberal lament. Rhode outlines what could and should be done to curb frivolous litigation, but focuses her attention squarely on the far greater problem of unnecessary expense and unaffordable remedies. A scathing indictment of America's legal status quo, Access to Justice presents no mere manifesto but a reasoned and realistic agenda for lasting reform.
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"Rhode has written an important, thoughtful, and well-argued book."--Law and Politics Book Review

"What makes Ms. Rhode such an effective advocate is not the piercing nature of her salvos--which are lethal--but the abundance of support for her arguments. Access to Justice is thoroughly researched and finely written."--New York Law Journal

"Deborah Rhode has jolted a million lawyers with a wake-up call. She urges them to open the doors to the unmet need for justice by most of the people who cannot afford their services. A challenging book for anyone, not just lawyers and law students, who believes that justice can be done if we have the will to pursue it."--Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195306484
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah L. Rhode is Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Stanford Center on Ethics at Stanford University. She has served as president of the Association of American Law Schools, Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, and senior counsel for the House Judiciary Committee on impeachment issues. She has received the Keck Foundation Award for Distinguished Scholarship on Legal Ethics by the American Bar Foundation as well as the Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association. This is her twelfth book.

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Table of Contents

1 Equal justice under law : the gap between principle and practice 3
2 Litigation and its discontents : too much law for those who can afford it, too little for everyone else 24
3 Historical perspectives : legal rights and social wrongs 47
4 Access to what? : law without lawyers and new models of legal assistance 79
5 Locked in and locked out : the legal needs of low-income communities 103
6 Presumed guilty : class injustice in criminal justice 122
7 Pro bono in principle and in practice 145
8 A roadmap for reform 185
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