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Author Linder, Douglas O., 1951- author.

Title The good lawyer : seeking quality in the practice of law / Douglas O. Linder & Nancy Levit.

Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2014]


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Physical description xxii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The good lawyer is empathetic -- The good lawyer is courageous -- The good lawyer has ample willpower -- The good lawyer values others in the legal community -- The good lawyer uses both intuition and deliberative thinking -- The good lawyer thinks realistically about the future -- The good lawyer serves the true interests of clients -- The good lawyer pursues justice with integrity -- The good lawyer is persuasive -- Seeking quality in a rapidly changing profession.
Summary "Every lawyer wants to be a good lawyer. They want to do right by their clients, contribute to the professional community, become good colleagues, interact effectively with people of all persuasions, and choose the right cases. All of these skills and behaviors are important, but they spring from hard-to-identify foundational qualities necessary for good lawyering. After focusing for three years on getting high grades and sharpening analytical skills, far too many lawyers leave law school without a real sense of what it takes to be a good lawyer. In The Good Lawyer, a follow up to their book The Happy Lawyer, law professors Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit combine evidence from the latest social science research with numerous engaging accounts of able attorneys at work to explain just what makes a good lawyer. They organize the book around the qualities they see as crucial: courage, empathy, integrity, realism, a strong sense of justice, clarity of purpose, and an ability to transcend emotionalism. But as the authors point out, each one must be apportioned in the right measure, and achieving the right balance is difficult. Lawyers need to know when to empathize and also when to detach; courage without an appreciation of consequences becomes recklessness. And what do you do in tricky situations, where the urge to deceive is high? How can you maintain focus through a mind-taxing (or mind-numbing) project? Every lawyer faces these problems at some point -- they're inherent in the nature of the work-but if properly recognized and approached, they can be overcome. It's not easy being good -- quality is less something one grasps and hangs onto than a goal that requires constant striving and attention -- but this engaging guide will serve as a handbook for any lawyer trying not only to figure out how to respond to difficult situations, but how to become a better -- and, almost always, more fulfilled -- lawyer"-- Provided by publisher.
Other author Levit, Nancy, author.
Subject Lawyers.
Practice of law.
ISBN 9780199360239 (hardback)
0199360235 (hardback)