Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion
Deborah J. Cantrell, Can Compassionate Practice Also Be Good Legal Practice?: Answers from the Lives of Buddhist Lawyers, 12 Rutgers J.L. & Religion 1 (2010), available at https://scholar.law.colorado.edu/articles/218.
What does it mean to say that one is a "good lawyer" in the United States? The dominant view is that a lawyer is a zealous advocate owing loyalty to, and taking direction from, the client. The lawyer is singularly focused and hyper-rationality is prized. This article challenges that narrative. Using the real lives of a group of lawyers across the United States, this article offers rich and nuanced descriptive data about the possibilities of "good lawyering" through compassion, equanimity, and an expanded notion of honesty. This article contributes importantly to the debate about what it means to be a "good lawyer" by moving beyond speculation to an actual inquiry and dissection of lawyering that prioritizes professional values other than those privileged by the mainstream view.
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