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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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Professional Mythology and the Loss of Community

Professional Mythology and the Loss of Community

(p.73) 6 Professional Mythology and the Loss of Community
The Lawyer's Myth
University of Chicago Press

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

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