A Nation Under Lawyers: How the Crisis in the Legal Profession is Transforming American Society

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Harvard University Press, 1996 - Law - 331 pages
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Mary Ann Glendon's A Nation Under Lawyers is a guided tour through the maze of the late-twentieth-century legal world, in which even lawyers themselves can lose their bearings. Glendon depicts the legal profession as a system in turbulence, where a variety of beliefs and ideals are vying for dominance. Dramatizing issues and events through stories of lawyers and laypersons caught up in the currents of change, she shows that what is at stake is the future not only of the legal profession but of American democracy.
 

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Contents

A Nation Under Lawyers
3
PROFESSIONALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS
15
Feeling Good When One Should Be Feeling Bad
85
THE WAYS AND TASTES OF MAGISTRATES
109
That the Umpire?
152
THE LAMP OF LEARNING
175
the Wayside
230
LAWYERS AND THE DEMOCRATIC EXPERIMENT
255
NOTES
295
INDEX
325
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Mary Ann Glendon was born on October 7, 1938, in Pittsfield, Mass. and graduated from the University of Chicago with both J.D. and Master of Comparative Law degrees. She has worked as a criminal defender, a civil rights attorney, and is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University. Glendon writes frequently on scholarly matters of the law. In Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse, she presents examples of the talk behind laws and rights of citizens, and the actual actions. Hot topics such as flag burning, Indian lands, homosexual acts, and social welfare are covered in-depth in this book, and the difference of opinions versus deeds concerning these topics are discussed as representing a distortion of our true culture and values.

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