A Life in the Law: Advice for Young Lawyers

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American Bar Association, 2009 - Law - 103 pages
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This book offers a unique opportunity to sit down with a diverse gathering of lawyers to share their perspectives on being a lawyer. In this compelling collection of essays, the contributors write about the values of the profession, a lawyers responsibility to their communities, their duty of service to clients, and to the public and to each other. This book can provide the guidance you need should you ever feel that you are losing your way.
 

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Contents

The Brass Ring
1
Our Responsibility to Justice
5
The Courage to Try Cases
9
Rediscovering Our Calling
17
The FiveYear Itch
23
How I Became a Lawyer
29
The Balancing Influence of Interests Outside the Law
31
The Values of Our Profession
35
On Autonomy and Professionalism
61
Keeping Perspective The Value of Relationships
69
The Duty of Candor
73
Yes Is Easy No Is Important
79
Giving Back to Our Profession
83
Mentoring Your Legacy to the Bar
87
Legal Education and Formation for the Profession of Law
93
Professional Courage
99

Walking Through the Valley
41
Serving the Public
53
On Encouraging Civility
57
Epilogue
103
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