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The lawyer's myth [electronic resource] : reviving ideals in the legal profession / Walter Bennett.

By: Bennett, Walter, 1943-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2001Description: 1 online resource (x, 240 p.).ISBN: 9780226042565 (electronic bk.); 0226042561 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Lawyers -- United States | Practice of law -- United States | Avocats -- �Etats-Unis | Droit -- Pratique -- �Etats-Unis | LAW -- Legal ProfessionGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Lawyer's myth.DDC classification: 340/.023/73 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Professional Wound; 2. The Dark Landscape of the Profession: The Legal Academy and the Loss of Ideals; 3. The Profession and the Loss of Professional Mythology; 4. The Mythological Function of the Lost Ideals; 5. The Negative Archetype in Professional Mythology; 6. Professional Mythology and the Loss of Community; 7. Why the Profession Should Be Saved; 8. A Preface to New Ideals: Coming to Terms with the Historical Masculinity of the Profession; 9. Realizing the Feminine in Lawyers' Work: Conceiving a New Ideal of Power.
Summary: Lawyers today are in a moral crisis. The popular perception of the lawyer, both within the legal community and beyond, is no longer the Abe Lincoln of American mythology, but is often a greedy, cynical manipulator of access and power. In The Lawyer's Myth, Walter Bennett goes beyond the caricatures to explore the deeper causes of why lawyers are losing their profession and what it will take to bring it back. Bennett draws on his experience as a lawyer, judge, and law teacher, as well as upon oral histories of lawyers and judges, in his exploration of how and why the legal profession has lost it.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-234) and index.

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The Professional Wound; 2. The Dark Landscape of the Profession: The Legal Academy and the Loss of Ideals; 3. The Profession and the Loss of Professional Mythology; 4. The Mythological Function of the Lost Ideals; 5. The Negative Archetype in Professional Mythology; 6. Professional Mythology and the Loss of Community; 7. Why the Profession Should Be Saved; 8. A Preface to New Ideals: Coming to Terms with the Historical Masculinity of the Profession; 9. Realizing the Feminine in Lawyers' Work: Conceiving a New Ideal of Power.

Lawyers today are in a moral crisis. The popular perception of the lawyer, both within the legal community and beyond, is no longer the Abe Lincoln of American mythology, but is often a greedy, cynical manipulator of access and power. In The Lawyer's Myth, Walter Bennett goes beyond the caricatures to explore the deeper causes of why lawyers are losing their profession and what it will take to bring it back. Bennett draws on his experience as a lawyer, judge, and law teacher, as well as upon oral histories of lawyers and judges, in his exploration of how and why the legal profession has lost it.

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