The Lost Lawyer
Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession New edition
By (author) Anthony T. Kronman
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Lost Lawyer by Anthony T. Kronman
Book DescriptionAnthony Kronman describes a spiritual crisis affecting the American legal profession, and attributes it to the collapse of what he calls the ideal of the lawyer-statesman: a set of values that prizes good judgment above technical competence and encourages a public-spirited devotion to the law. For nearly two centuries, Kronman argues, the aspirations of American lawyers were shaped by their allegiance to a distinctive ideal of professional excellence. In the last generation, however, this ideal has failed, undermining the identity of lawyers as a group and making it unclear to those in the profession what it means for them personally to leave chosen a life in the law. A variety of factors have contributed to the declining prestige of prudence and public-spiritedness within the legal profession. Partly, Kronman asserts, it is the result of the triumph, in legal thought, of a counterideal that denigrates the importance of wisdom and character as professional virtues. Partly, it is due to an array of institutional forces, including the explosive growth of the country's leading law firms and the bureaucratization of our courts. The Lost Lawyer examines each of these developments and illuminates their common tendency to compromise the values from which the ideal of the lawyer-statesman draws strength. It is the most important critique of the American legal profession in some time, and an enduring restatement of its ideals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674539273
(235mm x 155mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Anthony T. Kronman
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In this passionate and searching book, Anthony Kronman offers a third way-beyond atheism and religion-to the God of the modern world
Education's End, Paperback (September 2008)
Urges a revival of the humanities' lost tradition of studying the meaning of life through the careful but critical reading of great works of literary and philosophical imagination. This book offers the charter document of that revival.
History of the Yale Law School, Hardback (May 2004)» View all books by Anthony T. Kronman
A group of scholars present a collection of essays which explore the history of the Yale Law School, from the earliest days down to modern times.
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Author Biography - Anthony T. Kronman
Anthony T. Kronman is Dean of the Law School, Yale University.
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