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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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The Professional Wound

The Professional Wound

(p.9) 1 The Professional Wound
The Lawyer's Myth
University of Chicago Press

The legal profession in America is wounded and suffering, including many of the lawyers in it. This is catalogued in numerous books, studies, and personal anecdotes. It has gone on for some time and has been growing worse. Attempts to address this malaise in the profession and in law schools by a renewed emphasis on ethics training and through workshops on the quality of lawyers' lives are commendable and are of some help. There is a tendency in addressing the wound of the legal profession to want to cast blame outward on other forces—e.g., changes in the economics of practice, Supreme Court rulings on professional advertising, bad press, or poor public understanding of the justice system. The malaise affecting the legal profession is also a wounding of its creative and procreative powers, and that malaise also grows primarily out of the fight with, and wounding by, own warrior selves. The legal profession sometimes behaves as if it is waiting for a knight in shining armor to rescue it from the evils of professional advertising, the forces of the marketplace.

Keywords:   legal profession, America, law school, wounding, lawyers

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