The Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers / Edition 1

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This book seeks to illuminate what we call the cultural lives of cause lawyers by examining their representation in various popular media (including film, fiction, mass-marketed nonfiction, television, and journalism), the work they do as creators of cultural products, and the way those representations and products are received and consumed by various audiences. By attending to media representations and the culture work done by cause lawyers, we can see what material is available for citizens and others to use in fashioning understandings of those lawyers. This book also provides a vehicle for determining whether, how, and to what extent cause lawyering is embedded in the discourses and symbolic practices around which ordinary citizens organize their understanding of social, political, and legal life.

This book brings together research on the legal profession and work that takes up the analysis of popular culture. Contributors include scholars of popular culture who turn their attention to cause lawyers and experts on cause lawyering who in turn focus their attention on popular culture. This is a joining of perspectives that is both long overdue and fruitful for both kinds of scholarship.

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"...interesting and provocative..."
—-Philip Slayton, Former Dean of Law at the University of Western Ontario, Author of Lawyers Gone Bad: Money, Sex and Madness in Canada's Legal Profession, Ottawa Law Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521711357
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence Political Science at Amherst College and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin and JD from Yale Law School. He is former President of the Law and Society Association; former President of the Association for the Study of the Law, Culture and the Humanities; and President of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. He is author or editor of more than fifty books, including Mercy on Trial: What It Means to Stop an Execution; When the State Kills: Capital Punishment and the American Condition; Something to Believe in: Politics, Professionalism, and Cause Lawyers (with Stuart Scheingold); and The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society, amongst many others. Sarat is editor of the journal Law, Culture and the Humanities and of Studies in Law, Politics and Society. His public writing has appeared in such places as the Los Angeles Times and the American Prospect, and he has been a guest on National Public Radio, The News Hour, Odyssey, The Abrams Report on MSNBC, World News Tonight on ABC, and The O'Reilly Factor. His teaching has been featured in the New York Times and on The Today Show. In 1997, Sarat received the Harry Kalven Award given by the Law Society Association for distinguished research on law and society. In 2004, he received the 2004 Reginald Heber Smith Award, given biennially to honor the best scholarship on the subject of equal access to justice. It was given in recognition of his work on cause lawyering and the three books he has produced on the subject. In 2006, the Association for the Study of Law Culture and the Humanities awarded him the James Boyd White Prize for distinguished scholarly achievement in recognition of his 'innovative and outstanding' work in the humanistic study of law.

Stuart Scheingold, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, has written widely on rights, the politics of crime and punishment, cause lawyering, and, early in his career, on law and politics in the European Union. Given this range of interests, the CLASS program, with its comparative focus and interdisciplinary resources, provides a unique setting for intellectual engagement. He is co-director (with Austin Sarat) of the International Cause Lawyering Project, whose most recent volume, Cause Lawyering and the State in the Global Era, was published in 2001. In addition, Scheingold (with William Lyons) also contributed a chapter entitled, 'The Politics of Crime and Punishment' to the National Institute of Justice volume The Nature of Crime: Continuity and Change, Volume 1 of the Criminal Justice 2000 series. Among his books are The Politics of Rights, The Politics of Law and Order, The Politics of Street Crime, and Europe's Would-Be Polity (with Leon Lindberg). In 2001 he was awarded the Harry J. Kalven Jr. Prize by the Law and Society Association for 'empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society'. He was Walter S. Owen Visiting Chair in Law, University of British Columbia, 1998, and in 1999 was appointed an Associate at the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Bringing Cultural Analysis to the Study of Cause Lawyers: An Introduction Austin Sarat Sarat, Austin Stuart Scheingold Scheingold, Stuart 1

Pt. I The Cultural Work of Cause Lawyers

1 "No sacrifice Is too great for the Causel": Cause(less) Lawyering unci the Legal Trials and Tribulations of Gone With the Wind William P. MacNell MacNell, William P. 27

2 Purpose-Driven Lawyers: Evangelical Cause Lawyering and the Culture War Kevin R. den Dulk Dulk, Kevin R. den 56

3 Cause Lawyers and Cracker Culture at the Constructive Edge: A "Band of Brothers" Defeats Big Tobacco Tim Howard Howard, Tim 79

Pt. II The Cultural Construction of Lawyers and Their Causes

4 "They all have different policies, so of course they have to give different news": Images of Human Rights Lawyers in the British Press Richard J. Malman Malman, Richard J. 141

5 Ed Fagan and the Ethics of Causes: Who Stole Identity Politics? Valerie Karno Karno, Valerie 172

6 Of Windmills and Wetlands: The Press and the Romance of Property Rights Laura J. Hatcher Hatcher, Laura J. 188

7 "The Kids are Alright": Cause Lawyering on Television in 1960s America Thomas M. Hilbink Hilbink, Thomas M. 203

8 Nothing to Believe In - Lawyers in Contemporary Films About Public Interest Litigation Michael McCann McCann, Michael William Haltom Haltom, William 230

9 "Of course he just stood there; he's the law": Two Depictions of Cause Lawyers in Post-Authoritarian Chile Stephen Meili Meili, Stephen 253

10 Paulina Escobar as Cause Lawyer: "Litigating" Human Rights in the Shadows of Death and the Maiden Ben Fleury-Steiner Fleury-Steiner, Ben Aaron Fichtelberg Fichtelberg, Aaron 278

Pt. III TheCultural Reception of Lawyers and Their Causes

11 Cause Lawyering "English Style": Reading Rumpole of the Bailey Leslie J. Moran Moran, Leslie J. 297

12 Now You See It, Now You Don't: Cause Lawyering, Popular Culture, and A Civil Action Stuart A. Scheingold Scheingold, Stuart A. 331

13 Not What They Expected: Legal Services Lawyers in the Eyes of Legal Services Clients Corey S. Shdalmah Shdalmah, Corey S. 359

Index 389

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