Cause Lawyering: Political Commitments and Professional Responsibilities / Edition 1

Cause Lawyering: Political Commitments and Professional Responsibilities / Edition 1

by Austin Sarat
     
 

Why do some lawyers devote themselves to a given social movement or political cause? How are such deeds of individual commitment and personal belief justly executed, given the ideals of disinterested professional service to which lawyers are (in theory, at least) supposed to adhere? What can we learn from such lawyers about the relationship between law and politics

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Why do some lawyers devote themselves to a given social movement or political cause? How are such deeds of individual commitment and personal belief justly executed, given the ideals of disinterested professional service to which lawyers are (in theory, at least) supposed to adhere? What can we learn from such lawyers about the relationship between law and politics?
Cause Lawyering is a wise and varied collection of responses to these questions, featuring a number of distinguished legal scholars concerned with anti-poverty lawyers, lawyers who work against capital punishment, immigration lawyers, and other lawyers working to end oppression. Editors Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold have assembled here a valuable cross-national portrait of lawyers compelled to sacrifice financial gain so as to use their legal skills in the promotion of a more just society. These telling and important essays fully explore the relationship between cause lawyering and the organized legal professions of many different countries—the US, England, South Africa, Israel, Cuba, and so forth. They describe the utility of law as a resource in political struggles and, conversely, highlight the constraints under which lawyers necessarily operate when they turn to politics. Some provide broad theoretical overviews; others present rich case studies.
Advancing a fundamental argument about the very nature of the legal profession, this book explains the strategies that cause lawyers deploy, as well as the challenges they face in trying to be legally astute and effective while remaining politically devoted and aware. Although it is a controversial way of practicing law, cause lawyering, as explicated in the essays in this volume, is indeed indispensable to the legitimization of professional authority.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195113204
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
Oxford Socio-Legal Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Cause Lawyering and the Reproduction of Professional Authority: An Introduction, Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold
CONTEXTS AND CONDITIONS OF CAUSE LAWYERING
The Causes of Cause Lawyering: Toward an Understanding of the Motivation and Commitment of Social Justice Lawyers, Carrie Menkel-Meadow
Speaking Law to Power: Occasions for Cause Lawyering, Richard Abel
The Struggle to Politicize Legal Practice: A Case Study of Left-Activist Lawyering in Seattle, Stuart Scheingold
CAUSE LAWYERING AND THE ORGANIZATION OF PRACTICE
Norris, Schmidt, Green, Harris, Higginbotham & Associates: The Socio-Legal Impact of Philadelphia Cause Lawyers, Aaron Porter
Still Trying: Cause Lawyering for the Poor and Disadvantaged in Pittsburg, PA, John Kilwein
Critical Lawyers: Social Justice and the Structure of Private Practice, Louise Trubek and M. Elizabeth Kransberger
Destruction of Houses and Construction of a Cause: Lawyers and Bedouins in the Israeli Courts, Ronen Shamir and Sara Chinski
STRATEGIES OF CAUSE LAWYERING UNDER LIBERAL LEGALISM
Rethinking Law's Allurements: A Relational Analysis of Social Movement Lawyers in the United States, Michael McCann and Helena Silverstein
Caring about Individual Cases: Immigration Lawyering in Britain, Susan Street
Between (the Presence of) Violence and (the Possibility of) Justice: Lawyering against Capital Punishment, Austin Sarat
THE POSSIBILITIES OF CAUSE LAWYERING BEYOND LIBERAL LEGALISM
Cause Lawyering in the Third World, Stephen Ellmann
Lawyers' Causes in Indonesia and Malaysia, Daniel Lev
Attorneys for the People, Attorneys for the Land: The Emergence of Cause Lawyering in the Israel-Occupied Territories, George Bisharat
Cause Lawyers and Social Movements: A Comparative Perspective on Democratic Change in Argentina and Brazil, Stephen Meili
All or Nothing: An Inquiry into the (Im)Possibility of Cause Lawyering under Cuban Socialism, Raymond Michalowski
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