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The Lawyer's Myth: Reviving Ideals in the Legal Profession

Walter Bennett


Lawyers today are in a moral crisis. The popular perception of the lawyer, both within the legal community and beyond, is no longer the Abe Lincoln of American mythology, but is often a greedy, cynical manipulator of access and power. This book goes beyond the caricatures to explore the deeper causes of why lawyers are losing their profession and what it will take to bring it back. The book draws on experiences as a lawyer, judge, and law teacher, as well as upon oral histories of lawyers and judges, in this exploration of how and why the legal profession has lost its ennobling mythology. Effe ... More

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, lawyers, mythology, professionalism, greed, personal wealth, soul, power

Bibliographic Information

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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Walter Bennett, author

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