The Lawyer's Calling: Christian Faith and Legal Practice

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Lawyers in our day are facing a crisis of meaning. Distrusted by the public, stressed by overwork and questioning the value of their contribution to society, legal professionals find themselves in a situation where work has lost its connection with deeper beliefs. The crisis they face is essentially spiritual. How can lawyers bridge the gap between their beliefs and their daily work? Joseph Allegretti maintains that law can be a true vocation - a "calling" from God. He points to ways that lawyers are or can be ...
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Overview

Lawyers in our day are facing a crisis of meaning. Distrusted by the public, stressed by overwork and questioning the value of their contribution to society, legal professionals find themselves in a situation where work has lost its connection with deeper beliefs. The crisis they face is essentially spiritual. How can lawyers bridge the gap between their beliefs and their daily work? Joseph Allegretti maintains that law can be a true vocation - a "calling" from God. He points to ways that lawyers are or can be healers in society, and he explains how their service to clients resembles a covenant relationship. Lawyers and law students will find his vision of the legal profession to be rich with possibility.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809136513
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Spiritual Crisis in Law 1
Ch. 1 Christ and the Code 7
Ch. 2 The Profession and Vocation of Law 24
Ch. 3 Clients and Covenant 37
Ch. 4 Prophetic Ministry 51
Ch. 5 From Hired Gun to Healer 64
Ch. 6 Lawyers and Litigation 81
Ch. 7 Toward an Ethic of Care 96
Ch. 8 A Tale of Two Lawyers 110
Epilogue: Can a Christian Be a Lawyer? 125
Notes 128
Bibliography 139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2003

    If Only All Lawyers Paid Attention

    Excellent! A paradigm for lawyers of all faiths (not just Christians) who are serious about their faith and its obligations to place their lawyering into proper context. Although some of Allegretti's suggestions may not be realistic in practice, many if not most are and more importantly, we as lawyers have to make them so. A cri de couer, exhortation and pathway out all in one short volume.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    Excellent for Christian Lawyers

    'A Lawyer's Calling' is a superb expose relating the practice of law with Christian theology. It is both strikingly practical, but also thoughtfully theological. The author is both a law professor and a divinity school graduate. He draws on theological references from many Christian traditions creating a very ecumenical review. But most importantly Alegretti touches the heart of lawyering. He obviously has been in the trenches and provides an uplifting and transforming vision of our profession. This is a must read for every lawyer who professes to be a Christian and who is attempting to live out his/her Christianity in her/his practice of law. Enjoy!

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