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Something to Believe in

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Stuart ScheingoldProfessor of Political Science, University of Washington, USA, Austin SaratWilliam Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College, USA

ISBN13: 9780804749473
ISBN: 0804749477
Published: June 2006
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £31.00

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, not a moral or political, activity. 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 of 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.

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