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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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Pursuing the Lawyers' Faith: Reconvening the Campfire, Creating Storytelling Models for a Broader Ideal of Justice

Pursuing the Lawyers' Faith: Reconvening the Campfire, Creating Storytelling Models for a Broader Ideal of Justice

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The Lawyer's Myth
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226042565.003.0013

The legal profession faces a daunting task in constructing and serving an ideal of justice in the society. There are numerous structural and consciousness-raising steps which bars can take to strengthen professional community. This chapter examines the function of community in profession-building and the types of community necessary to support lawyers' practice of lawyers' faith. These stories of lawyers' lives as part of mythology also more directly address some of the deep morale problems in evolving professional culture. It addresses the recurrent problems almost all lawyers experience in balancing the demands and expectations of career with the needs of families and their own personal needs.

Keywords:   legal profession, community, lawyer, society, professional culture, storytelling

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