Private Lawyers and the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal Profession

Hardcover | November 18, 2009

EditorRobert Granfield, Lynn Mather

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This collection of original essays by leading and emerging scholars in the field examines the history, conditions, organization, and strategies of pro bono lawyering. Private Lawyers and the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal Profession traces the rise and impact ofthe American Bar Association's campaign to hold lawyers accountable for a commitment to public service and to encourage public service within law schools. Combining empirical legal research with reflections by practitioners and theorists about the meaning and practice of pro bono legal work, thiscollection of essays interrogates the public service ideals that are inscribed within the legal profession and places these ideals within a broader social, economic, ideological, and normative context. Particular attention is paid to the factors that explain why lawyers engage in pro bono work andthe ways in which their views of pro bono are mediated by the institutional context of their legal practice. The book also explores the concept of "public" in public service and compares pro bono as a means of delivering legal services with other mechanisms such as state funding. Collectively, theseessays investigate the evolving role of pro bono in the legal profession and in law schools, the relationship between pro bono ideals and pro bono in practice, the way that pro bono is shaped by external forces beyond the individual practitioner, and the multi-faceted nature of legal professionalismas expressed through pro bono practice.

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This collection of original essays by leading and emerging scholars in the field examines the history, conditions, organization, and strategies of pro bono lawyering. Private Lawyers and the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal Profession traces the rise and impact ofthe American Bar Association's campaign to ho...

Robert Granfield is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. Lynn Mather is Profoessor of Law and Political Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:November 18, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Tables and FiguresForewordPreface and AcknowledgmentsContributors1. Robert Granfield and Lynn Mather: Pro Bono, the Public Good, and the Legal Profession: An IntroductionPart I: Professional Socialization Through the Bar and Legal Education2. Cynthia Adcock: Shaped by Educational, Professional, and Social Crises: The History of Law Student Pro Bono Service3. Roberrt Granfield and Philip Veliz: Good Lawyering and Lawyering for the Good: Lawyers' Reflections on Mandatory Pro Bono in Law School4. Deborah A. Schmedemann: Priming for Pro Bono: The Impact of Law School on Pro Bono Participation in PracticePart II: Economic Perspectives on Pro Bono in Legal Practice5. Rebecca L. Sandefur: Lawyers' Pro Bono Service and Market-Reliant Legal Aid6. Ronit Dinovitzer and Bryant G. Garth: Pro Bono as an Elite Strategy in Early Lawyer Careers7. Steven A. Boutcher: The Institutionalization of Pro Bono in Large Law Firms: Trends and Variation across the Am Law 2008. Leslie C. Levin: Pro Bono and Low Bono in the Solo and Small Law Firm ContextPart III: Pro Bono in the Interest of Public Service9. Scott L. Cummings and Ann Southworth: Between Profit ant Principle: The Private Public Interest Firm10. Cynthia Fuchs Epstein: Issues Entrepreneurs: Charisma, Charisma-Producing Events, and the Shaping of Pro Bono Practice in Large Law Firms11. James Clarke Gocker: The Role of Volunteer Lawyers in Challenging the Conditions of a Local Housing Crisis in Buffalo, NYPart IV: The Future of Pro Bono12. Deborah L. Rhode: Rethinking the Public in Lawyers' Public Service: Strategic Philanthropy and the Bottom Line13. Cynthia Feathers: Bar Politics and Pro Bono Defintions: The New York Experience14. John Henry Schlegel: Conflating the Good with the Public Good: An Essay15. Richard L. Abel: State, Market, Philanthropy, and Self-Help as Legal Services Delivery MechanismsIndex