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Dark Night of the Soul: A Review of Anthony T. Kronman's the Lost Lawyer: Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession

27 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2016  

Mark N. Aaronson

University of California Hastings College of the Law

Date Written: October 21, 2016

Abstract

Anthony Kronman views, with regret, the last quarter century of American legal education and practice because, in his view, this period marks the ultimate demise of the lawyer-statesman as the personification of a set of values that gave purpose and meaning to the work of lawyers. For him, the lawyer-statesman embodies both practical wisdom and civic-mindedness, the principal virtues required for excellence in lawyering. Kronman argues that the collapse of the lawyer-statesman ideal has left the legal profession adrift and created a collective identity crisis for lawyers.'

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Aaronson, Mark N., Dark Night of the Soul: A Review of Anthony T. Kronman's the Lost Lawyer: Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession (October 21, 2016). UC Hastings Research Paper No. 217; 45 Hastings Law Journal 1379 (1994). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2857245

Mark N. Aaronson (Contact Author)

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