Lives of Lawyers: Journeys in the Organizations of Practice (Law, Meaning, and Violence)
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A specialized approach for informed readers. The author concludes that ``house norms,'' rather than the organized bar, will define professionalism for lawyers in the future. From Publishers Weekly 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. Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information, Inc.. Lawyers working in corporate legal departments value their role in a large business o
Brilliant overview of organizations at work We spend our lives in organizations, but how often do we have a chance to think about them clearly? Kelly sets a standard for thinking about a profession that everyone finds fascinating.This book is to non-fiction what Grisham's are to fiction: Kelly brings the practice of law to life. The book combines thorough, long-term research with an engaging style. Kelly analyzes several different types of law practices: their histories and likely futures. Through him we meet the lawyers, but more importantly, we meet the practice of law.
Though we often see the lawyer as a crusading lone wolf of justice, the illuminating Lives of Lawyers demonstrates that the integrity of individual lawyers is fundamentally influenced by the nature of the legal organizations that have come to dominate the field. Each is viewed through a kaleidoscope of client/colleague relationships, connections to civic and community life, income levels and career satisfaction of attorneys, the social status of the organization, and the character of the particular law practiced. In fleshing out these agencies of legal expertise, Kelly offers important insights into the personal ideals of lawyers, the struggle to clarify professionalism as interpreted by the legal origination, and the effects of these factors on society's perceptions of law and lawyering.Lives of Lawyers paints an intimate portrait of five legal entities: two corporate firms, an in-house corporate counsel's office, and a public interest agency. Nonetheless, Lives of Lawyers reminds us of the constantly renewed dedication by lawyers to the principles of legal professionalism.Michael J. The author's deft use of narrative and debt to the discipline of biography and sociology make his five stores a first-rate read.Kelly gets into the trenches with lawyers comprising these organizations; they don't mince words in passing judgment on themselves, their employers, or the state of the profession--particularly its growing commercialism. America