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The Lawyer's MythReviving Ideals in the Legal Profession$
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Walter Bennett

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226042558

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226042565.001.0001

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Beginning the Lawyer's Inner Journey: New Models and Heros

Beginning the Lawyer's Inner Journey: New Models and Heros

(p.113) 10 Beginning the Lawyer's Inner Journey: New Models and Heros
The Lawyer's Myth
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents new professional stories and develops a new professional mythology with new heroes and heroines that draw upon a broader concept of power. With the new mythology will come new professional ideals—ideals which transcend the traditional masculine images of the lawyer-statesman and the other professional myths. While new structures must provide the framework and opportunities for developing a new professional mythology, it is individual lawyers who must do the hard work of creating that mythology and changing themselves and the profession. This work requires lawyers to rediscover the concept of individual calling, to recommit to its fulfillment, and to develop a renewed vision of professionalism. They will involve both re-dedication and reeducation, a coming to both individual and communal consciousness about the lawyer's role in relation to his work, the role of lawyers' work in the framework of the larger community, and the effect of that work upon other people. This is a moral journey and of necessity a long one.

Keywords:   lawyer, professional myths, heroes, individual, journey

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