It's a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird: The Need for Idealism in the Legal Profession
20 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2016 Last revised: 30 Apr 2016
Date Written: April 21, 2016
To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch has served as a role model and inspiration for law students and lawyers for over fifty years. When Go Set a Watchmen was published last year, Finch's status as legal hero was threatened. In this essay I argue that Finch is a uniquely important role model to lawyers committed to social justice and that he has the ability to inspire attorneys seeking to live lives of purpose. We desperately need this inspiration in our profession. I conclude that in a profession that has lost its way we should continue to view Finch in this light and resist the temptation to destroy this fictional hero.
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