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Moral Compass of the American Lawyer Truth, Justice, Power, and Greed

ISBN-10: 0449006719
ISBN-13: 9780449006719
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Description: These are perilous times for Americans who need access to the legal system. Too many lawyers blatantly abuse power and trust, engage in reckless ethical misconduct, grossly unjust billing practices, and dishonesty disguised as client protection. All  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

These are perilous times for Americans who need access to the legal system. Too many lawyers blatantly abuse power and trust, engage in reckless ethical misconduct, grossly unjust billing practices, and dishonesty disguised as client protection. All this has undermined the credibility of lawyers and the authority of the legal system. In the court of public opinion, many lawyers these days are guiltier than the criminals or giant corporations they defend. Is the public right? In this eye-opening, incisive book, Richard Zitrin and Carol Langford, two practicing lawyers and distinguished law professors, shine a penetrating light on the question everyone is asking: Why do lawyers behave the way they do? All across the country, lawyers view certain behavior as "ethical" while average citizens judge that same conduct "immoral." Now, with expert analysis of actual cases ranging from murder to class action suits, Zitrin and Langford investigate lawyers' behavior and its impact on our legal system. The result is a stunningly clear-eyed exploration of law as it is practiced in America today--and a cogent, groundbreaking program for legal reform.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Truth, Justice, and the American Lawyer
Buried Bodies: Robert Garrow and His Lawyers
Another Day Spent Representing the Guilty
Power and Its Abuse, or "We're Only Doing Our Job"
Power, Arrogance, and the Survival of the Fittest
A Gun to the Head of the Junior Attorney
Blowing the Whistle in Corporate America
Greed and Deceit, or "Everybody's Doing It"
Insurance Lawyers: Chasing Ambulances and Chasing Money
All the Court's a Stage, and All the Lawyers Players: Leading and Misleading the Jury
Lawyers as Liars
Keeping It Secret (Or, What You Don't Know Can Hurt You)
Class Actions: Public Protection or Windfalls for Lawyers?
Conclusion: Can It Be Fixed? What Can We Do?
Summary of Principal Sources
Index

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