The Worlds Cause Lawyers Make: Structure and Agency in Legal Practice

The Worlds Cause Lawyers Make: Structure and Agency in Legal Practice

by Sarat Austin
     
 

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These 14 papers examine the connections between lawyers and causes, the settings in which cause lawyers practice, and the ways they marshal social capital and make strategic decisions. The contributors present a constructionist view of cause lawyering, discussing the lawyers' daily work and its social impact. As a whole, the volume describes the way cause lawyers

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These 14 papers examine the connections between lawyers and causes, the settings in which cause lawyers practice, and the ways they marshal social capital and make strategic decisions. The contributors present a constructionist view of cause lawyering, discussing the lawyers' daily work and its social impact. As a whole, the volume describes the way cause lawyers fabricate their legal and professional contexts and the constraints of those contexts on their professional lives. Editors Sarat (jurisprudence and political science, Amherst College) and Scheingold (political science, University of Washington) provide a lengthy introduction. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"The research Sarat and Scheingold present here substantially transforms our understanding of cause lawyering and the legal profession and makes an important contribution to the field. The essays in this volume represent a wide variety of cause lawyering settings, in terms of political orientation, nationality, and structure of practice." —Richard Abel, UCLA School of Law

"Yet again, Sarat and Scheingold advance the cause of cause lawyering as surely the most successful collective project on the legal profession. This volume of illuminating case studies from across the world will inspire a new generation of morally and politically committed lawyers to recognize their prospects of bringing justice to an unjust world." —Terence C. Halliday, Northwestern University and Research Fellow for the American Bar Foundation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804752299
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
07/12/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. Stuart Scheingold is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Washington. Together, Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold are the authors of Something to Believe In: Politics, Professionalism, and Cause Lawyering (Stanford University Press, 2004) and the editors ofCause Lawyering: Political Commitments and Professional Responsibilities (1998) and Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era (2001). Theywere granted the National Equal Justice Library's 2004 Reginald Heber SmithAwardin recognition oftheir work on cause lawyering.

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