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The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law [Kindle Edition]

Douglas O. Linder , Nancy Levit

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"A pleasingly eclectic approach... brisk and lively reading." --Wall Street Journal"A joy to read... the book is rich in advice and inspiration.... there is so much of value in the book to counsel law students and lawyers as they seek to develop, and maintain, self-respect. That means, then, that the book can serve as an empathetic guide throughout our legal careers, reminding us to ground our professionalism in our definition of success. Ultimately, the book reflects the beliefs of its authors that good lawyers are real people with actual clients and careers that matter--and that we can each become a good lawyer." --Naomi Cahn, Concurring Opinions"Full of engaging stories and well-chosen historical examples, The Good Lawyer paints a remarkable portrait of the values, visions, and virtues that lawyers should aspire to, in good times and bad. At a time of upheaval in the legal profession, this book is most welcome." --Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School"Good lawyers are not fictional and they are not cliches. They are real people, with actual clients, meaningful law practices, and satisfying careers. The ideal may be hard to realize, but it is far from impossible. Douglas Linder and Nancy Levit have now provided us with an outstanding guide to achieving a rewarding life as a good lawyer. Every attorney, or aspiring attorney, should read this book." --Steven Lubet, Williams Memorial Professor of Law and Director, Bartlit Center for Trial Strategy, Northwestern University School of Law"The very best lawyers, including those who fill the pages of our history books and those who quietly but effectively serve their clients every day, built their practices on much more than intellectual superiority and mastery of the law. Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit thoughtfully explore key characteristics that good lawyers share and, in the process, remind us why we became lawyers in the first p


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, Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit combine evidence from the latest social science research with numerous engaging accounts of top-notch attorneys at work to explain just what makes a good lawyer. They outline and analyze several crucial qualities: courage, empathy, integrity, diligence, realism, a strong sense of justice, clarity of purpose, and an ability to transcend emotionalism. Many qualities require apportionment 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; working too hard leads to exhaustion and mistakes. 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, but if properly recognized and approached, they can be overcome.
It's not easy being good, but this engaging guide will serve as a handbook for any lawyer trying not only to figure out how to become a better--and, almost always, more fulfilled--lawyer.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1180 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 360 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press (1. Mai 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding Book 8. Mai 2014
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I got a copy this week and started flipping through it. I am a practicing attorney and try not to read books like this for pleasure- however this book was enthralling- I read it in two days. I have seen many idealistic and creativity people go to law school and have their souls sucked out- this book substantiated my anecdotal observation. Levitt and Linder trace the root of this factual phenomena to the weight law schools place on the LSAT and I could not agree more. The LSAT is static and sterile test that does nothing to reward life experience or the ability to think on your feet and come up with the creative solutions to solve the legal problems I encounter every day at work.

I hear constant whining from recent law graduates about the state of the job market I would argue that there is a desperate need for lawyers. Lawyers who can empathize with their clients, lawyers who understand what is like to be taken advantage of by corporations and government agencies that operate as if they are above the law. Law schools need to develop a model that teaches students not only the law, but one that reinforces every case, involves human being.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Great Book About What it Means To Be A “Good Lawyer” 13. Mai 2014
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What does it mean to be a “good lawyer”? Most people automatically equate being good at a job to competency skills, but as artfully shown in this important book by law professors Douglas Linder and Nancy Levit, being a good lawyer goes far beyond that. Good lawyers have integrity, empathy, courage and other attributes that not only set them apart from their peers, but allow them to enjoy a much more rewarding quality of life.

The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law is a follow-up to Linder and Levit’s groundbreaking book, The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law, and shares the same strengths: excellent writing, interesting and inspirational anecdotes, and plenty of solid research to back everything up. It’s the kind of book Malcolm Gladwell might write if he went to law school.

With so many law students and lawyers searching to find their identities and struggling with the enormous pressures of legal education and the practice of law, both The Good Lawyer and The Happy Lawyer are must reads for both groups. I frequently talk to my law students about insights from The Happy Lawyer and have no doubt I will be adding more from this terrific new book.
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Good Start, but it Needs a Second Volume 7. Juli 2014
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I read this book on my summer vacation, a time I customarily step back from the daily grind of earning a living as a lawyer and try to reassess where I am heading in the year to come. During the workaday year, the pressure of meeting client demands, payroll and maintaining some shred of sanity often makes me feel as if I am sprinting through a marathon.

Linder and Levit don’t offer a way out of the pinstriped rat race. Indeed, they more or less confirm that the legal profession has changed in ways that make it more difficult than ever for good lawyers to be good people. But merely raising the question about how to better meet the demands of a lawyering life with integrity and professionalism is a useful exercise.

While the book from time to time reads like a bar association publication – rah, rah team; go, lawyer go –- the authors draw from long careers of their own and from fascinating social science research about such things as persuasion and cognitive bias to offer vantage points from which to evaluate such practices as client counseling and advocacy.

Most challenging is their determination to push lawyers into serving as more active counselors to clients in crisis. Yet the discussion here, though steeped in concerns for doing the right things, is entirely tone deaf to recent writing in ethics and moral philosophy. Just how a book of this sort can be writing without reference to the rules of professional conduct, and how they have changed in recent years, is a frustrating mystery. It’s as though the editors, at Oxford University Press – a powerhouse of a publisher, decided to produce half a book. Wring about the good, the just or the true without any critical discussion of what these terms mean is not entirely satisfying.

Even so, I am glad I read this book. It has me thinking long and hard about the year to come. I know that I could be a better lawyer. These authors have me deciding how to become one. That was their goal in writing, I suppose. And they have succeeded – no small task.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Should be read before law school and after by anyone wishing to excel in the practice of law 17. Juni 2014
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Books with the wisdom and insight into the essentials of becoming excellent as a lawyer are truly rare. Should be read by anyone considering law school and by every graduate lawyer.
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