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Lawyerland: An Unguarded, Street-Level Look At Law & Lawyers Today
In Lawyerland, Lawrence Joseph brings an unerring ear for dialogue, a cunning artistry, and a prosecutor's radar for loaded testimony to a series of rangy, irreverent conversations with downtown lawyers, making his book a uniquely fresh and insightful accomplishment.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published October 15th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
(first published 1997)
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I am surprised this book even got published; I would have thought that the secret lawyer organizations that control the press (oh come on, you know people think they exist) would have squashed this so that laypeople wouldn't read THE REAL TRUTH about lawyers. I wish I'd had this book in law school. It would not have changed my plans, but it would have made the transition to real practice less jarring. This book is made up solely of the author interviewing different lawyers that he knows, from va ...more
The basic premise of the book is "How do lawyers view the law?" The author, an attorney and law professor, sought out different kinds of New York lawyers - prosecutors, plaintiff's attorneys, corporate attorneys, defense attorneys, professors, etc. - and asked them. The answer? With a mixture of awe and contempt. They all recognized how the law can (and does) screw people, but they all seemed equally impressed that the legal system operates as fairly and efficiently as it does.
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“Every once in a while I don't think it's a bad idea for lawyers to remember that what goes on, at least on some level of our brains, is that we have to imagine everything coming apart. ... It's what we are. Out of control, always prepared, Boy Scout control freaks.”
“Every lawyer shall tell his or her client that becoming involved with the legal system is like three years of experimental chemotherapy, one hundred percent guaranteed not to work.”More quotes…