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The author, now a senior professor at the University of Miami Law School, calls on attorneys to understand the organizational context of their work. His book repeatedly calls out attorneys who ill serve their clients because they failed as organizational analysts. It has since been recognized by legal, ethical, and sociological theorists as a rich resource of corporate analysis and the divergent roles that lawyers play.
The groundbreaking research was conducted at six major manufacturing companies as Rosen interviewed a triad of inside counsel, outside counsel and managers who worked on particular problems. This novel method allowed self-serving statements (especially by the lawyers involved) to be checked and placed in realistic context. More important, because it triangulated how the legal problem was understood, the method brought out how the legal task had been structured. The frames that the lawyers, managers and organization imposed on the legal problems varied widely-and the sources and consequences of these variations are explained.
The book's published edition is newly available, but the manuscript has already earned scholarly impact and praise. For example, the Yale Law Journal noted in 1996 that "Rosen's important manuscript is widely cited in recent literature on legal professionalism." It has been cited in articles in the law reviews of Boston University, Indiana, Maryland, and Emory, and the Law & Society Review. At bottom, researchers and pundits on corporate theory and lawyers' roles have already had to account for this telling study, and at last they can readily reference it in a quality published format.
Posted December 5, 2012
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