Lost Lawyer / Edition 1

Lost Lawyer / Edition 1

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by Anthony T. Kronman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674539273

ISBN-13: 9780674539273

Pub. Date: 03/15/1995

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Anthony Kronman describes a spiritual crisis affecting the American legal profession, and attributes it to the collapse of what he calls the ideal of the lawyer-statesman: a set of values that prizes good judgment above technical competence and encourages a public-spirited devotion to the law.

For nearly two centuries, Kronman argues, the aspirations of

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Anthony Kronman describes a spiritual crisis affecting the American legal profession, and attributes it to the collapse of what he calls the ideal of the lawyer-statesman: a set of values that prizes good judgment above technical competence and encourages a public-spirited devotion to the law.

For nearly two centuries, Kronman argues, the aspirations of American lawyers were shaped by their allegiance to a distinctive ideal of professional excellence. In the last generation, however, this ideal has failed, undermining the identity of lawyers as a group and making it unclear to those in the profession what it means for them personally to have chosen a life in the law.

A variety of factors have contributed to the declining prestige of prudence and public-spiritedness within the legal profession. Partly, Kronman asserts, it is the result of the triumph, in legal thought, of a counterideal that denigrates the importance of wisdom and character as professional virtues. Partly, it is due to an array of institutional forces, including the explosive growth of the country's leading law firms and the bureaucratization of our courts. The Lost Lawyer examines each of these developments and illuminates their common tendency to compromise the values from which the ideal of the lawyer-statesman draws strength. It is the most important critique of the American legal profession in some time, and an an enduring restatement of its ideals.

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ISBN-13:
9780674539273
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/15/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
436
Sales rank:
1,405,785
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART ONE: Ideas

1. An Embarrassed Virtue

2. Practical Wisdom and Political Fraternity

3. The Good Lawyer

PART TWO: Realities

4. Law Schools

5. Law Firms

6. Courts

7. Honesty and Hope

Notes

Index

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The Lost Lawyer: Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Kronman bemoans the transformation of lawyers from wise counselors--part statesman, part psychiatrist, part rabbi or priest--into mere technicians, technicians who pursue the client's goals no matter how injudicious, and even self-defeating, they might be. But this is not news. Kronman writes with enormous grace and intelligence about very old hat. Worse, he has no solutions, other than to avoid big-firm practice. Apart from the fact that avoiding big firms is no guarantee a practitioner will develop and wield good judgment, it would be more helpful--particularly from the Dean of Yale Law, which sends many a graduate off to big firms--if he had proposals for developing the skill sets and characteristics he feels have been lost. The book is interesting and the prose is elegant if cerebral. Still, it's a bit like a long whine with no constructive comments for a cure.