By Lynn Mather, Craig A. McEwen, Richard J. Maiman

How do legal professionals take into consideration and make the real judgements that represent the daily perform of legislation? This booklet explores that question via an intensive empirical learn of attorneys training divorce legislation in New England. The authors emphasize the significance of "collegial keep watch over" in shaping attorneys' judgements and determine a number of "communities of perform" that function key brokers of that control.
Offering a brand new knowing of the character of legal professionals' paintings in divorce legislation in addition to a brand new standpoint on felony professionalism, this ebook is needed interpreting for students, scholars, and practitioners.

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You get a settlement and you get out of there. And I am sitting there saying, "No, this is important. " People come to me because I have such a reputation of being such a bitch, and pushy, and all that. And I think it is because of the detail. I want specific and careful [divorce agreements] if we are going to do it. And I will fight for the details. In spite of her dislike of the adversarial system, Wright finds satisfaction in combining her knowledge of human emotions and relationships with her knowledge of relevant bodies of law to assist clients, especially women, in rebuilding their lives.

Newton contrasts her style of representation with that of divorce specialists whom she sees as "scrappy. I get the impression of them being scrappy, nickel-and-dime, kind of tenacious. " By this, she means that specialists tend to resist compromising on what Melissa views as small differences, something she has become accustomed to doing with business clients in the rest of her practice. In this regard, her perception of specialists resembles that of George Elder. Melissa Newton also shares with Elder and with Andrea Wright a view that men and women differ significantly as divorce clients.

Through experience, however, and with the structure and support of the law firm policy, she is discovering techniques to handle clients effectively, while still providing the kind of caring and careful representation she values. Melissa Newton was drawn to divorce law to help people deal effectively with a traumatic period in their lives. Her experience with both business and divorce clients has taught her ways to deliver on that goal without listening endlessly to emotional outpourings and to cut off potential clients whom she might find hard to manage.

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