Lawyers in the United States are frequently described as "hired guns," willing to fight for any client and advance any interest. Claiming that their own beliefs are irrelevant to their work, they view lawyering as a technical activity, not a moral or political one.
But there are others, those the authors call cause lawyers, who refuse to put aside their own convictions while they do their legal work. This "deviant" strain of lawyering is as significant as it is controversial, both in the legal profession and in the world of politics. It challenges mainstream ideas of what lawyers should do and of how they should behave.
Human rights lawyers, feminist lawyers, right-to-life lawyers, civil rights and civil liberties lawyers, anti-death penalty lawyers, environmental lawyers, property rights lawyers, anti-poverty lawyers--cause lawyers go by many names, serving many causes. "Something to Believe In" explores the work that cause lawyers do, the role of moral and political commitment in their practice, their relationships to the organized legal profession, and the contributions they make to democratic politics.
About the Author :
Stuart A Scheingold has contributed to Something to Believe in: Politics, Professionalism and Cause Lawyering as an author.
Scheingold is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Washington.
Austin Sarat has contributed to Something to Believe in: Politics, Professionalism and Cause Lawyering as an author. Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence Political Science at Amherst College and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin and JD from Yale Law School. He is former President of the Law and Society Association; former President of the Association for the Study of the Law, Culture and the Humanities; and President of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. He is author or editor of more than fifty books, including Mercy on Trial: What It Means to Stop an Execution; When the State Kills: Capital
|Title:||Something to Believe in: Politics, Professionalism and Cause Lawyering||Publisher:||Stanford University Press|
|Author:||Stuart A Scheingold, Austin Sarat|
|No. of Pages:||192|
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