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Posted May 17, 2009
Kermit Roosevelt's book gives the lie to the Lord Chancellor's boast in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe: 'The law is the true embodiment/Of everything that's excellent./ It has no kind of fault or flaw,/And I, my lords, embody the law.' This work makes a memorable case for legal ethics and ethical lawyers, and it decries the 'live to work' ethic that characterizes too many law firms, hospitals, banks and brokerage houses. Young lawyers try to compartmentalize their life, but the all-encompassing firm increasingly provdes everything they would otherwise be obliged to go outside for, including some goods and services available online: lunch, dry cleaning, shoe shining, coiffure, babysitting, nursing care and even retirement community placement for an ailing parent -- all in the name of maximizing hours billable to clients. Mr. Roosevelt's book, as one would expect from an author of his distinguished name, is tasteful, eschewing lurid or graphic sex scenes in favor of subtle reminders that lawyers participate in human sexuality. The work carefully distinguishes between law and justice, and should be read by all university students who are considering a career in the law.
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Posted June 21, 2006
I found this book most interesting because of its perspective and insight on law. Clearly not a legal thriller but rather a condemnation of our system as it has evolved. Although the subject matter is intense and convoluted, this is a fairly easy read for someone unfamiliar with law.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.