Cause Lawyers, Clients, and the State

Neta Ziv

in Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195141177
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871391 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Socio-Legal Studies

 Cause Lawyers, Clients, and the State

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This chapter focuses on cause lawyering in Congress. Its subject is the group of advocates representing disabled persons during the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A. between 1988 and 1990. Analysis of cause lawyering within a political institution throws light on new aspects of legal professionalism and the state. As depicted here, lawyering for legislative reform on behalf of a politically and socially disempowered group does not adhere to the conventional client–lawyer–state model, which treats the interests of both the client and the state as determinable, and assigns a mediating role to the lawyer. Rather, it presents a model in which the interests of both the client and the state are defined and developed as part of the legislative process, as a field of “sub‐political” interaction. This chapter examines the political space within which such interaction takes place.

Keywords: Americans with Disabilities Act; cause lawyers; client–lawyer–state model; disabled persons; U.S.A

Chapter.  16211 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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