Special Issue: Law Firms, Legal Culture and Legal Practice: Law Firms, Legal Culture, and Legal Practice

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Austin Sarat
Emerald Group Publishing, Sep 24, 2010 - Law - 248 pages
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Large law firms have become a dominant feature of the legal landscape in the United States and elsewhere. This volume of Studies in Law, Politics, and Society examines the situation of large law firms. The articles collected here address the following questions: How has the large law firm altered, or adapted to, the ideals/ideology of the legal profession? How do law firms function as organizations? What happens to firms when they globalize their practices? What is the situation of scholarship on large law firms? Has the firm been incorporated into boarder interdisciplinary configurations? What, if any, new paradigms of study of firms are on the horizon?
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Measuring law firm culture
1
Corporate lawyers as committed to their clients
33
Past present future
73
The rise and demise of an American law firm
107
Assessing the effect of large law firm pro bono structure on pro bono commitment
145
Shifting paradigms of the roles perceptions and working conditions of legal secretaries in large law firms
169
Chapter 7 Racial and ethnic minority representation in large US law firms
211
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Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science, Amherst College. Thomas R. Kearns is William H. Hastie Professor of Philosophy & Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, & Social Thought, Amherst College.

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