Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Posted by Alan Childress
Steven Berenson (Thomas Jefferson), left, has posted to SSRN's Law & Soc'y: The Legal Prof. his review essay, "Institutional Professionalism for Lawyers: Realizing the Virtues of Civic Professionalism." It is also in 109 West Virginia Law Review 67 (2006), and reviews Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America (2004). Here is the abstract:
In Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America, author William M. Sullivan laments the continuing decline in civic participation on the part of both American professionals and the public at large that has resulted from the combined forces of technological change, globalization, and rampant materialism. Sullivan contends that professionals can point the way toward a renewed era of civic engagement by embracing a vision of professionalism that places a commitment to civic participation at its core. Though Sullivan's focus is on the professions generally, rather than the legal profession in particular, lawyers and legal academics have much to gain from considering Sullivan's views in conjunction with their work. The following review essay represents an initial effort to compare Sullivan's views with existing scholarship regarding the appropriate professional roles and responsibilities of lawyers.