Professional Mythology and the Loss of Community

in The Lawyer's Myth

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780226042558
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226042565 | DOI:
Professional Mythology and the Loss of Community

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A frequently heard response to the loss of the old ideals of the profession—particularly by older lawyers and judges who came of age under the old regime—is to lament the passing of the old order with its common understanding of professional standards and values. It is part of a cultural reluctance to accept change and to accommodate to it in a progressive fashion—a reluctance which has been psycho-socially documented. The forces at work in modern legal practice—the forces inherent in the modern system of practice and being created by new communications technology—are a powerful current against any natural return to more time. Professional community must include a recognition of the problems facing the profession, an honest assessment of the forces at work to prevent its being rebuilt as a community, and some hard decisions about what lawyers are willing to commit to in order to save it.

Keywords: lawyer; profession; community; legal practice; problems

Chapter.  5314 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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