Lives of Lawyers: Journeys in the Organizations of Practice

Michael J. Kelly, Author
Michael J. Kelly, Author University of Michigan Press $47.5 (272p) ISBN 978-0-472-10500-7
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Exploring the ``real frontier of professionalism and legal ethics,'' Kelly, a professor of law at Georgetown University, offers five case studies of the practice organization--``a central feature in the landscape of the legal profession.'' One firm aggressively grows to compete at the top level; another draws on graduates from the less elite law schools and sacrifices high income for collegiality; and a cause-oriented small firm struggles to make ends meet. Lawyers working in corporate legal departments value their role in a large business organization, whereas those at a public utilities commission find fulfillment in their fidelity to the public interest. The author concludes that ``house norms,'' rather than the organized bar, will define professionalism for lawyers in the future. A specialized approach for informed readers. (July)
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