In the Interests of Justice
Reforming the Legal Profession
By (author) Deborah L. Rhode
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In the Interests of Justice by Deborah L. Rhode
Book DescriptionTwo thousand years ago, Seneca described advocates not as seekers of truth but as accessories to injustice, "smothered by their prosperity." This unflattering assessment has only worsened over time. The vast majority of Americans now perceive lawyers as arrogant, unaffordable hired guns whose ethical practices rank just slightly above those of used car salesmen. In this penetrating new book, Deborah L. Rhode goes beyond the commonplace attacks on lawyers to provide the first systematic study of the structural problems confronting the legal profession. A past president of the Association of American Law Schools and senior counsel for the House Judiciary Committee during Clinton's impeachment proceedings, Rhode brings an insider's knowledge to the labyrinthine complexities of how the law works, or fails to work, for most Americans and often for lawyers themselves. She sheds much light on problems with the adversary system, the commercialization of practice, bar disciplinary processes, race and gender bias, and legal education. She argues convincingly that the bar's current self-regulation must be replaced by oversight structures that would put the public's interests above those of the profession. She insists that legal education become more flexible, by offering less expensive degree programs that would prepare paralegals to provide much needed low cost assistance. Most important, she calls for a return to ethical standards that put public service above economic self-interest. Elegantly written and touching on such high profile cases as the O.J. Simpson trial and the Starr investigation, In the Interests of Justice uncovers fundamental flaws in our legal system and proposes sweeping reforms.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195165548
(224mm x 143mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 22-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Deborah L. Rhode
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Women and Leadership explores the causes and consequences of the underrepresentation of women in America's leadership roles. Drawing on comprehensive research and a survey of prominent women leaders, Rhode describes the reasons for gender inequity in leadership and identifies compelling solutions.
Adultery, Hardback (March 2016)
Despite declining prohibitions on sexual relationships, Americans are nearly unanimous in condemning marital infidelity. Deborah Rhode explores why. She exposes the harms that criminalizing adultery inflicts-including civil lawsuits, job termination, and loss of child custody-and makes a case for repealing laws against adultery and polygamy.
Trouble with Lawyers, Hardback (July 2015)
A broad, comprehensive foray into the debate about the legal crisis, written by one of the most respected and authoritative scholars of the legal profession.
What Women Want, Hardback (September 2014)» View all books by Deborah L. Rhode
What Women Want comprehensively analyzes the challenges the feminist movement faces today and puts forward a new policy agenda for women.
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Author Biography - Deborah L. Rhode
Deborah L. Rhode is Professor of Law and Director of the Keck Center on Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession at Stanford Law School. A past president of the Association of American Law Schools and senior counsel for the House Judiciary Committee on impeachment issues during Clinton's impeachment proceedings, she is the author of Legal Ethics, The Legal Profession: Responsibility and Regulation and, forthcoming from OUP, Ethics in Practice: Lawyers' Roles, Responsibilities, and Regulation. She lives in Stanford, California.
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