- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (February 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080185329X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801853296
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,313,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Betrayed Profession: Lawyering at the End of the Twentieth Century Paperback – February 1, 1996
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"Linowitz is a man of vast experience in the world of law, and his insights are applicable to any area of practice... The Betrayed Profession bravely challenges lawyers to regain the public's respect by engaging in good works in their professional and personal lives. Linowitz's challenge should be heard loud and clear by all lawyers." -- Robert C. Strodel, Trial
"Sol Linowitz has been an ambassador, a negotiator for the United States on the Panama Canal Treaty and Middle East peace and partner in a top Washington law firm. In this insightful volume he surveys his profession and its many problems from the perspective of a man who knows that profession inside out." -- Washington Times
"The Betrayed Profession carries the heft of authority... The book's many examples should squelch any doubt that many big firms in particular, and the profession in general, are riddled by greed, hypocrisy, and significant wrongdoing." -- New York Times
"Valuable and complex... It's time for some introspection, and Linowitz's book is a good start." -- Washington Post
"The Betrayed Profession is superb. Few are the authentic voices of rectitude in the land any longer, but here is one, and it rings clear and true." -- David McCullough
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DURING THIS TIME I OBSERVED ... BY LIVING THROUGH IT, AND PARTICIPATING IN IT ...THE MUTATION OF THE PRACTICE OF LAW IN THE UNITED STATES FROM ONE WHICH STEADILY DEVOLVED ... PALPABLY AND VISIBILY, AND LIVED EACH DAY, BOTH IN THE OFFICE AND IN
THE COURTS ... FROM ONE WHICH PLACED ITS EMPHASIS UPON THAT OF BEING A "COUNSELOR," TO ONE WHICH WAS, IN THE WORDS OF ONE
SENIOR AND HIGH-RANKING PARTNER IN ONE HIGHLY-RANKED NEW YORK CITY LAW FIRM, "FRANKLY ENTREPRENEURIAL." THE EMPHASIS SHIFTED FROM ONE WHICH WAS PREDOMINANTLY HUMANE, TO ONE WHICH WAS MORE ... AND ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ... FOCUSED UPON "THE BOTTOM LINE," AND "PROFITS PER PARTNER" (AS MEASURED AND REPORTED IN ALMOST PORNOGRAPHIC DETAIL AT REGULAR INTERVALS IN "THE AMERICAN LAWYER").
THE CONCEPT OF LAW AS THAT OF A COLLEGIAL PROFESSION, AND ONE IN WHICH THE DEFECTION OF A PARTNER IN A FIRM TO ANOTHER ONE
FOR GREATER COMPENSATION WAS AN ALMOST UNHEARD OF SCANDAL AS RECENTLY AS, SAY, THE YEARS OF THE EISENHOWER ADMINISTRAION ... AND HOW THAT CONCEPT CAME, INCREMENTALLY, TO BE PROGRESSIVELY UNDERMINED IN ITS OWN UNDERPINNING OF A SENSE OF SHARED MORALITY, WAS WELL SET FORTH, BEFORE THE PUBLICATION OF SOL LINOWITZ'S MOST WELCOME BOOK (CO-AUTHORED WITH MARTIN MEYER), IN THE NOVELS OF, ABOVE ALL, THE LATE LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS.
AMBASSADOR LINOWITZ ... THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF XEROX CORPORATION, SPECIAL UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, THE CHIEF NEGOTIATOR OF THE PANAMA CANAL TREATY, AND FINALLY THE SPECIAL CHAIRMAN OF THE VENERABLE INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF COUDERT BROTHERS ... WITNESSED ALL OF THIS OVER THE SPAN OF HIS LIFETIME. AND HE WAS BOTH TROUBLED AND DISMAYED BY WHAT HE SAW TO BE A ONCE NOBLE PROFESSION PROGRESSIVELY DEGRADED BY ... THERE IS NO BETTER WORD ... GREED. HE WROTE THIS BOOK AS A PERSONAL WITNESS TO WHAT HE HAD SEEN ... AND AS A CAUTIONARY WARNING, THROUGH THE TELLING OF THE STORY, TO THE PROFESSION IN WHICH HE HAD SO ADMIRABLY PARTICIPATED. FITTINGLY ENOUGH, HE DEDICATED IT TO HIS FAMILY, AND ESPECIALLY TO HIS DAUGHTERS, WHO, HE SAID, KEPT TELLING HIM ... AND ONE MAY ONLY IMAGINE THE FAMILY SETTINGS IN WHICH SUCH COMMENTS AND
URGINGS WERE MADE TO HIM "AT THE END OF HIS DAILY AND TIRED DAY" ... THAT "DAD, YOU HAVE TO WRITE IT DOWN."
A GREAT "READ," A GREAT SERVICE TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW, AND A GREAT SERVICE TO ANYONE WHO PICKS UP THIS BOOK, AND READS WHAT "SOL" WANTED TO TELL US HE HAD WITNESSED AT FIRST HAND.
J. BAILEY HUDSON, JR., ESQ.
CALIFORNIA STATE BAR NO: 091034