Lost Lawyer Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession

ISBN-10: 0674539273
ISBN-13: 9780674539273
Edition: 1993
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 434
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

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.

Tony Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School. Since stepping down as Dean of the Law School in 2004, he has been teaching in the Directed Studies Program at Yale and devoting himself to the humanities. He lives in New Haven.

Introduction
Ideas
An Embarrassed Virtue
Practical Wisdom and Political Fraternity
The Good Lawyer
Realities
Law Schools
Law Firms
Courts
Honesty and Hope
Notes
Index

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