Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in by Lynn Mather, Craig A. McEwen, Richard J. Maiman

By Lynn Mather, Craig A. McEwen, Richard J. Maiman

How do attorneys take into consideration and make the real judgements that represent the day by day perform of legislations? This ebook explores that query via an in depth empirical research of legal professionals working towards divorce legislation in New England. The authors emphasize the significance of "collegial keep watch over" in shaping attorneys' judgements and determine a number of "communities of perform" that function key brokers of that control.
Offering a brand new realizing of the character of legal professionals' paintings in divorce legislations in addition to a brand new point of view on criminal professionalism, this publication is needed studying for students, scholars, and practitioners.

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George Elder's identity seems linked to the community of general practitioners rather than to the "new breed" of divorce specialists among whom he might be counted by the volume of his divorce work. Most of these specialists,3 in fact, turn out to be women (57 percent) and generally are younger than Elder as well. We meet one of them next in the person of Andrea Wright. Andrea Wright: Feminist Divorce Specialist Andrea Wright maintains with her partners a practice devoted almost exclusively to family law.

I mean, many of them don't... they didn't want to get divorced, and they just want to be reasonable and fair, and they're not expecting to "win" or to "get" something. So, you know, they expect that I'm going to do the job, and that I'm available, and that I'm not going to charge them a fortune, and the job will get done. For the few clients who seem unreasonable and want to wreak havoc on their spouses, Genrus provides strong counsel and may even send them to another lawyer. I will try to subtly twist them away from that.

But each year, the pressures mount against that practice. Elder thus defines legal professionalism in terms of personal integrity and human understanding, not in terms of technical legal skill. The lawyer-client relationship combines elements of the hired gun and the pater familias. He allows the client to set the goals, even if he disagrees with them, but he does not cede any responsibility to the client in doing the work of the case. For Elder, law practice means helping people, with a good income following naturally from that effort, but not driving it.

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