Lawyers' Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Justice: A Critical Reader

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Susan D. Carle
NYU Press, Aug 22, 2005 - Law - 425 pages
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Legal ethics should be far more than a set of rules on professional responsibility; they can serve as a means for changing power relations, empowering the disenfranchised, and advocating progressive social change. Lawyers’ Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Justice broadens the discussion on legal ethics by first introducing the historical and theoretical background and then connecting it to real world issues while addressing lawyers' ethical obligations to work for social justice.

The reader features differing critical approaches and opens up new avenues of ethical debate. While the literature included is diverse and interdisciplinary, it shares a vision of legal ethical inquiry as a means for changing power relations, empowering the disenfranchised, and advocating progressive social change. Through a combination of provocative selections, lively writing, concrete examples of cases and social movements, and incisive editorial commentary, Lawyers ’Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Justice defines the emergence of an exciting new field of critical legal ethics scholarship.

 

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Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Part ATheory and History
Chapter 1Theories of Professional Regulation
Chapter 2Historical Perspectives
Chapter 3Historical Case Studies
Part BContemporary Critical Approaches
Chapter 4Clinical Approaches
Chapter 6Legal Ethics Exploration through Literature Myth and Popular Culture
Chapter 7Legal Ethics and Religious Commitment
Corporate Power and Lawyers Counseling Role
AppendixSuggestions for Further Reading
Notes
Index
About the Editor
Copyright

Chapter 5Critical Theories

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Susan D. Carle is professor of law at Washington College of Law, American University in Washington, D.C.

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