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The Lost Lawyer

Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession

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$43.00 • £37.95 • €39.95

ISBN 9780674539273

Publication Date: 03/15/1995


440 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press


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The Lost Lawyer is a major document in the history of American law. Its historical importance aside, however, it is also a work of extraordinary psychological, moral and philosophical importance to the legal profession. Kronman’s study is remarkable in its moral vision, social judgment and psychological power.—Daniel Kornstein, New York Law Journal

An eloquent and provocative book. When you listen to…[Kronman’s] diagnoses of just what has gone wrong with the job of lawyering today, you begin to see that the spreading disaffection of lawyers for their work should not be underestimated.—Michael Orey, American Lawyer

[This book] is an eloquent and impassioned work of scholarship. It makes an important contribution to the growing body of literature devoted to the study of the legal profession.—Anthony V. Alfieri, Michigan Law Review

Kronman deploys philosophical acumen and wide learning to revive the ideal of the lawyer—whether counselor, advocate, scholar, teacher, or judge—as practitioner of a kind of wisdom that he argues has long been out of fashion. This is an important book.—Charles Fried, Harvard Law School

Many thoughtful observers of the legal profession have come to wonder whether the profession’s traditional aspirations can possibly flourish in the current conditions of practice. Kronman is one of several critics to conclude, regretfully, that those aspirations are doomed… If lawyers could spare any time to read, The Lost Lawyer should really make them sit up and take notice of what has happened to them.—Robert W. Gordon, Stanford Law School

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