Something Greater than Oneself: Envisioning a New Ideal, Understanding Lawyers' Faith

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:
Something Greater than Oneself: Envisioning a New Ideal, Understanding Lawyers' Faith

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This chapter examines the concept of lawyers' service in its two different, though related, manifestations. The most obvious of these is lawyers' service to individual clients: to people, groups, businesses, institutions, and governments. This is a traditionally recognized form of lawyer service. The ideal of service to clients has suffered significantly under the new “law-as-business” mentality. The most obvious level is the outward journey. Law firms become structures for maximizing opportunities for such business arrangements, and the more potentially lucrative those arrangements are, the more desirable they are. A second way in which lawyers practice an ideal of service is through “public” service to the greater community. This type of service is part of the vision of the lawyer-statesman and pillar of the community. Social and political thinkers have addressed the problems to community posed by social pluralism from two basic perspectives, and an understanding of those perspectives and the essential difference between them is important to envision a new ideal of service for lawyers.

Keywords: lawyers; envision; public service; community; opportunities

Chapter.  14103 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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