|Abstract||In this short Essay I argue that we should assign more honor to lawyering for middle income clients. By this I mean that we should hold in esteem careers involving lawyering for middle income clients in much the same way we currently value careers in what is often referred to as "public interest" law. Instead of conceiving of a binary distinction between "public" and "private" interest law, we should think about jobs in the legal profession as falling on a spectrum, along which the public service dimension of a legal position is inversely related to the wealth and power of one's clients. Thus, my proposed model would see more value in representing poor people than middle income clients, but would also see more value in representing middle income clients than wealthy and powerful ones, especially when one is representing middle income clients against more powerful interests. This model, if adopted as an alternative prestige hierarchy among even a small group of the nation's law students, could have important benefits in steering the many socially committed students who do not secure traditional "public interest" jobs to law practice settings other than large law firms representing the nation's most powerful and wealthy interests, and at the same time increase the quality and availability of legal services for middle income clients.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Only published papers are available at libraries|
Similar books and articles
Barbara Robin Mescher (2008). The Business of Commercial Legal Advice and the Ethical Implications for Lawyers and Their Clients. Journal of Business Ethics 81 (4):913 - 926.
Lowell Gallaway & Richard Vedder (1993). The Distributional Impact of the Eighties: Myth Vs. Reality. Critical Review 7 (1):61-79.
Bruce A. Green & Russell G. Pearce, 'Public Service Must Begin at Home': The Lawyer as Civics Teacher in Everyday Practice.
Sirine Shebaya, Andrea Sutherland, Orin Levine & Ruth Faden (2010). Alternatives to National Average Income Data as Eligibility Criteria for International Subsidies: A Social Justice Perspective. Developing World Bioethics 10 (3):141-149.
Joan Loughrey (2012). Large Law Firms, Sophisticated Clients, and the Regulation of Conflicts of Interest in England and Wales. Legal Ethics 14 (2):215-238.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads2 ( #232,265 of 548,984 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #63,327 of 548,984 )
How can I increase my downloads?