Friday, June 14, 2013

Call for Papers: AALS Section on PR, for Jan. 2014 AALS Meeting in NYC

Call for Papers: AALS Section on Professional Responsibility
Subject: "The Lost Lawyer and the Lawyer Statesman Ideal: A Generation Later – The Shifting Sands of the Profession’s Identity," 2014 AALS Annual Meeting, New York, NY

The AALS Section invites papers for its 2014 Annual Meeting Program. Twenty years after Professor Anthony Kronman published his seminal and controversial book, The Lost Lawyer: Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession, the question of the role of attorneys in society is more important than ever. In Kronman’s view, early generations of American Lawyers saw the attainment of practical wisdom as their ultimate professional goal. They understood that this wisdom was a character trait “that one acquires only by becoming a person of good judgment, and not just an expert in the law.” Cultivating and exercising this trait was a professional ideal that Kronman called the “lawyer-statesman ideal.” The name stressed the ideal’s “roots in the past and the air of obsolescence “ surrounding it. The ideal described someone with great practical wisdom, exceptional persuasive powers, a devotion to the public good, forgetfulness of one’s self, sympathy for others, and excellent intellectual skills. Kronman examined the lawyer–statesman ideal in the profession’s three major branches—law schools, law firms, and the courts—and warned that the profession was “in danger of losing its soul.”

Today, tsunami-like forces of change are buffeting the legal profession. Those forces include decreasing law school applications, increasing student debt, diminishing employment prospects, contracting law school budgets, curricular reform, lawyer unemployment and layoffs, rapid technological change, shrinking judicial resources in the face of expanding dockets, increasing bureaucratization of our courts, and many Americans’ lack of access to legal assistance and justice.

The author of the paper selected for this program will present the paper, joining a distinguished panel, including Professor Kronman. Panelists will address the lawyer-statesman ideal, explore related issues and problems, and suggest solutions.

Eligibility: Only full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers.  Foreign, visiting (without a full-time position at an AALS member law school); adjunct faculty; graduate students; fellows and non-law school faculty are not eligible to submit.  Faculty at fee-paid non-member schools are ineligible.

The paper will be selected after anonymous review by members of the Section’s 2014 Annual Meeting Program Committee. In order to facilitate anonymous review, please identify yourself and your institutional affiliation only in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript, and not in the manuscript itself. The paper along with those of the other panelists will be published by the ABA Journal of the Professional Lawyer.

Entries of 20 or more double-spaced pages in length should be submitted by August 31, 2013.  Please submit as early as possible.

Submission and Inquiries directed to:
Jack Sahl
University of Akron School of Law
150 University Ave
Akron, OH 44325
[email protected]

[Posted by Alan Childress]

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Perhaps papers discussing the role of lawyers in society ought to be opened to lawyers who are in real, everyday society and not be limited to academics.

Posted by: Old Lawyer | Jun 15, 2013 6:45:18 AM

I agree with the previous post. Law professors talking to each other will not solve any real-world problems.

Posted by: Robert Gould | Jun 17, 2013 5:37:23 AM

I agree with Old Lawyer and Robert Gould. Well, I don't think law profs should be EXCLUDED either! But I agree that many lawyers and adjunct professors would be great contributors to the forum in the main post.

Posted by: Alan Childress | Aug 26, 2013 8:21:59 AM

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