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Lawyers in Practice: Ethical Decision Making in Context (Chicago Series in Law and Society)


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How do lawyers resolve ethical dilemmas in the everyday context of their practice? What are the issues that commonly arise, and how do lawyers determine the best ways to resolve them? Until recently, efforts to answer these questions have focused primarily on rules and legal doctrine rather than the real-life situations lawyers face in legal practice.

The first book to present empirical research on ethical decision making in a variety of practice contexts, including corporate litigation, securities, immigration, and divorce law, Lawyers in Practice fills a substantial gap in the existing literature. Following an introduction emphasizing the increasing importance of understanding context in the legal profession, contributions focus on ethical dilemmas ranging from relatively narrow ethical issues to broader problems of professionalism, including the prosecutorand#8217;s obligation to disclose evidence, the management of conflicts of interest, and loyalty to clientsand#160;and the court. Each chapter details the resolution of a dilemma from the practitionerand#8217;s point of view that is, in turn, set within a particular community of practice. Timely and practical, this book should be required reading for law students as well as students and scholars of law and society.

About the Author

Leslie C. Levin is professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Lynn Mather is professor of law and political science at the University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York. She is coeditor of the Chicago Series in Law and Society and coauthor of several books, including Private Lawyers and the Public Interest.

Table of Contents



Part I. Introductory Perspectives on Ethics in Context

Chapter 1 and#160;Why Context Matters

Lynn Mather and Leslie C. Levin

Chapter 2and#160;Some Realism about Legal Realism for Lawyers: Assessing the Role of Context in Legal Ethics

David B. Wilkins

Chapter 3and#160;Whose Ethics? The Benchmark Problem in Legal Ethics Research

Elizabeth Chambliss

Part II. Decision Making in Communities of Legal Practice

Family and Immigration

Chapter 4and#160;Client Grievances and Lawyer Conduct: The Challenges of Divorce Practice

Lynn Mather and Craig A. McEwen

Chapter 5and#160;Immigration Lawyers and the Lying Client

Leslie C. Levin

Personal Injury

Chapter 6 and#160;Plaintiffsand#8217; Lawyers and the Tension between Professional Norms and the Need to Generate Business

Stephen Daniels and Joanne Martin

Chapter 7and#160;Betwixt and Between: The Ethical Dilemmas of Insurance Defense

Herbert M. Kritzer

Corporate Settings

Chapter 8and#160;The Ethics of Constructing Truth: The Corporate Litigatorand#8217;s Approach

Kimberly Kirkland

Chapter 9and#160; and#160;Transnational Lawyering: Clients, Ethics, and Regulation

John Flood

Chapter 10 and#160;The Ethics of In-House Practice

Sung Hui Kim

Corporate Specialties

Chapter 11and#160;The Ethical Lives of Securities Lawyers

Patrick Schmidt

Chapter 12and#160;Scientists at the Bar: The Professional World of Patent Lawyersand#160;

John M. Conley and Lynn Mather

Criminal Law


Chapter 13and#160;Prosecutorsand#8217; Ethics in Context: Influences on Prosecutorial Disclosure

Ellen Yaroshefsky and Bruce A. Green

Chapter 14 and#160;Reinterpreting the Zealous Advocate: Multiple Intermediary Roles of the Criminal Defense Attorney

Nicole Martorano Van Cleve

Public Interest Lawyers

Chapter 15 and#160;Legal Services Lawyers:and#160; When Conceptions of Lawyering and Values Clash

Corey S. Shdaimah

Chapter 16and#160;The Accountability Problem in Public Interest Practice: Old Paradigms and New Directions

Scott L. Cummings



Product Details

Levin, Leslie C.
University of Chicago Press
Mather, Lynn
Law-Legal Guides and Reference
Edition Description:
Chicago Series in Law and Society
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9 x 6 in

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