From the Ashes of the Lawyer-Statesman Rises the Lawyer-Democrat: Practical Legal Wisdom From the Ground Up
Journal of the Professional Lawyer, Vol. 2014, p. 17, 2014
29 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2014
Date Written: July 27, 2014
Approximately two decades ago, former Yale Law School Dean Anthony Kronman rattled the sensibilities of the legal profession with his widely read, cited, and discussed 1993 book, "The Lost Lawyer: Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession. As the book’s title suggested, Kronman saw nothing short of the loss of the legal profession’s very soul at stake in a number of trends and developments in the legal academy, law firms, and courts that he detailed at great length in the book. Kronman proposed that unrelenting change in the legal profession imperiled the lawyer’s consummate role as a “lawyer-statesman” who applied "practical wisdom" to both client representation and advancement of the public good.
This article proposes that, although permanent change in the law practice environment may well have consigned Kronman’s lawyer-statesman to history, a new lawyer archetype, what this article calls the "lawyer-democrat," is in position to develop and dispense the practical wisdom that Kronman so highly valued.
Keywords: legal ethics, legal profession, lawyer-statesman, Anthony Kronman, The Lost Lawyer, professionalism
JEL Classification: K19, K40
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