Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice / Edition 1

Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice / Edition 1

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by Lynn Mather, Craig A. McEwen, Richard J. Maiman
     
 

How do lawyers think about and make the important decisions that constitute the day-to-day practice of law? This book explores that question through an extensive empirical study of lawyers practicing divorce law in New England. The authors emphasize the importance of "collegial control" in shaping lawyers' decisions and identify a variety of

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How do lawyers think about and make the important decisions that constitute the day-to-day practice of law? This book explores that question through an extensive empirical study of lawyers practicing divorce law in New England. The authors emphasize the importance of "collegial control" in shaping lawyers' decisions and identify a variety of "communities of practice" that serve as key agents of that control.
Offering a new understanding of the nature of lawyers' work in divorce law as well as a new perspective on legal professionalism, this book is required reading for scholars, students, and practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195145168
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Debating Professionalism and Control over Lawyers' Work3
2The Many Faces of Professionalism in Divorce Practice16
3Communities of Practice41
4The Boundaries of Expertise64
5Maintaining Control over Clients87
6The Meaning of Advocacy110
7Serving Clients while Protecting the Bottom Line133
8Constructing Professional Meaning and Identity in the Practice of Divorce Law157
9From Professionalism to Collegial Control175
AppStudying Divorce Lawyers at Work195
Notes203
References227
Index239

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