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Washington University in St. Louis

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Revolutionary Lawyering: Addressing The Root Causes Of Poverty And Wealth, William P. Quigley Jan 2006

Revolutionary Lawyering: Addressing The Root Causes Of Poverty And Wealth, William P. Quigley

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

It is true that lawyers are rarely revolutionaries. In fact, the idea may seem like an oxymoron (like corporate ethics), but some people are, and others can be, revolutionary lawyers. Our profession is, at the core of its practice, the primary profession world-wide that protects and defends the machines, computers, profit motives and property rights so rightly condemned by Dr. King. We use our training, wealth, and position in society to facilitate commerce without conscience, to accumulate wealth without responsibility, and to serve the needs of corporations over and above the rights and needs of people. Yet still, some lawyers ...