- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199360235
- ISBN-13: 978-0199360239
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.3 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A joy to read... the book is rich in advice and inspiration.... there is so much of value in the book to counsel law students and lawyers as they seek to develop, and maintain, self-respect. That means, then, that the book can serve as an empathetic guide throughout our legal careers, reminding us to ground our professionalism in our definition of success. Ultimately, the book reflects the beliefs of its authors that good lawyers are real people with actual clients and careers that matter--and that we can each become a good lawyer." --Naomi Cahn, Concurring Opinions
"Full of engaging stories and well-chosen historical examples, The Good Lawyer paints a remarkable portrait of the values, visions, and virtues that lawyers should aspire to, in good times and bad. At a time of upheaval in the legal profession, this book is most welcome." --Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School
"Good lawyers are not fictional and they are not clichés. They are real people, with actual clients, meaningful law practices, and satisfying careers. The ideal may be hard to realize, but it is far from impossible. Douglas Linder and Nancy Levit have now provided us with an outstanding guide to achieving a rewarding life as a good lawyer. Every attorney, or aspiring attorney, should read this book." --Steven Lubet, Williams Memorial Professor of Law and Director, Bartlit Center for Trial Strategy, Northwestern University School of Law
"The very best lawyers, including those who fill the pages of our history books and those who quietly but effectively serve their clients every day, built their practices on much more than intellectual superiority and mastery of the law. Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit thoughtfully explore key characteristics that good lawyers share and, in the process, remind us why we became lawyers in the first place -- and why that matters now more than ever. The Good Lawyer is a must-read for law students and prospective law students, new lawyers, and seasoned professionals." --Karen J. Mathis, Associate Executive Director of IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, and Past President of the American Bar Association (2006-07)
About the Author
Douglas O. Linder is the Elmer N. Powell Peer Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, creator of the Famous Trials website, and the co-author of The Happy Lawyer.
Nancy Levit, the Curators' and Edward D. Ellison Professor of Law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, is the co-author of The Happy Lawyer and the author of The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law.
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I hear constant whining from recent law graduates about the state of the job market I would argue that there is a desperate need for lawyers. Lawyers who can empathize with their clients, lawyers who understand what is like to be taken advantage of by corporations and government agencies that operate as if they are above the law. Law schools need to develop a model that teaches students not only the law, but one that reinforces every case, involves human being.
The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law is a follow-up to Linder and Levit’s groundbreaking book, The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law, and shares the same strengths: excellent writing, interesting and inspirational anecdotes, and plenty of solid research to back everything up. It’s the kind of book Malcolm Gladwell might write if he went to law school.
With so many law students and lawyers searching to find their identities and struggling with the enormous pressures of legal education and the practice of law, both The Good Lawyer and The Happy Lawyer are must reads for both groups. I frequently talk to my law students about insights from The Happy Lawyer and have no doubt I will be adding more from this terrific new book.
Linder and Levit don’t offer a way out of the pinstriped rat race. Indeed, they more or less confirm that the legal profession has changed in ways that make it more difficult than ever for good lawyers to be good people. But merely raising the question about how to better meet the demands of a lawyering life with integrity and professionalism is a useful exercise.
While the book from time to time reads like a bar association publication – rah, rah team; go, lawyer go –- the authors draw from long careers of their own and from fascinating social science research about such things as persuasion and cognitive bias to offer vantage points from which to evaluate such practices as client counseling and advocacy.
Most challenging is their determination to push lawyers into serving as more active counselors to clients in crisis. Yet the discussion here, though steeped in concerns for doing the right things, is entirely tone deaf to recent writing in ethics and moral philosophy. Just how a book of this sort can be writing without reference to the rules of professional conduct, and how they have changed in recent years, is a frustrating mystery. It’s as though the editors, at Oxford University Press – a powerhouse of a publisher, decided to produce half a book. Wring about the good, the just or the true without any critical discussion of what these terms mean is not entirely satisfying.
Even so, I am glad I read this book. It has me thinking long and hard about the year to come. I know that I could be a better lawyer. These authors have me deciding how to become one. That was their goal in writing, I suppose. And they have succeeded – no small task.