Guile is Good: The Lawyer as Trickster
University of San Francisco - School of Law
Univ. of San Francisco Law Research Paper No. 2012-10
What is the lawyer’s genius — the talent that distinguishes us from other professions? Movies and television suggest that it is more than legal knowledge and technical skills; it is the way lawyers use creativity and cunning to outwit their adversaries. Lawyers in films and television act much like the Trickster figure in mythology and folklore. Moreover, study of the professional lives of the best real life lawyers reveals these same trickster talents. The paper argues that lawyers should embrace the trickster identity because it celebrates the valuable contributions lawyers make to the public good.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 58
Keywords: popular culture, legal profession, law and society, legal ethicsworking papers series
Date posted: February 23, 2012 ; Last revised: July 13, 2012
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