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The Moral Lawyer And The Machiavellian Nature Of Law Practice, David Barnhizer Sep 2015

The Moral Lawyer And The Machiavellian Nature Of Law Practice, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

In Western culture the name Niccolo Machiavelli has become Machiavellianism, a pejorative signifying the willingness to do anything to achieve desired ends. American lawyers do have limits, however, and are expected to operate according to an ethical code that is at least intended to prevent the worst abuses. The effectiveness of this ethical code has often been questioned, as have the questionable efforts of the organized bar to enforce its rules, but on the surface it differentiates law practice from hand-to-hand combat and military struggles. Even though I have sometimes used the concepts of the warrior lawyer, the general and ...


Clients Want Results, Lawyers Need Emotional Intelligence, Christine C. Kelton Jan 2015

Clients Want Results, Lawyers Need Emotional Intelligence, Christine C. Kelton

Cleveland State Law Review

Thinking requires emotions and emotions enhance thinking. This Article suggests that the emotionally intelligent lawyer is more likely to serve the needs of clients and the legal community than the lawyer who has less understanding of, and control over, emotions. Part II introduces two “emotionally unintelligent” lawyers, Amanda and Rick, and considers how their emotional “unintelligence” affects their new client, psychologist, Dr. Ray Randolph. Part III provides some background on the relevant research on emotional intelligence, including the history of intelligence, from general intelligence, to social intelligence, to multiple intelligences, and to emotional intelligence. Part IV defines and explores the ...


Apps, Artificial Intelligence, And Androids: Beyond Schumpeter’S “Creative Destruction” To “Destructive Destruction” David Barnhizer, David Barnhizer Jan 2015

Apps, Artificial Intelligence, And Androids: Beyond Schumpeter’S “Creative Destruction” To “Destructive Destruction” David Barnhizer, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

The analysis offered here is not a Neo-Luddite rage against “the machine”. As with the oft-stated reproach about paranoia, there sometimes really are situations in which people are “out to get you”. In our current situation the threat is not from people but from the convergence of a set of technological innovations that are and will increasingly have an enormous impact on the nature of work, economic and social inequality and the existence of the middle classes that are so vital to the durability of Western democracy. The fact is that developed nations’ economies such as found in Western Europe ...


Self-Interest And Sinecure: Why Law School Can’T Be “Fixed” From Within, David Barnhizer Jan 2014

Self-Interest And Sinecure: Why Law School Can’T Be “Fixed” From Within, David Barnhizer

David Barnhizer

The issue of how best to do a legal education is being approached as if it were an intellectual and pedagogical question. Of course in a conceptual sense it is. But from a political and human perspective (law faculty, deans and lawyers) it is a self-interested situation in terms of how does this affect me? The reality is that for law faculty and deans it is mainly a life style, status, economic benefit and political situation in which the various interests protected by the traditional faculty slot placeholders [as well as the non-traditional practice-oriented teachers) are being masked by self-serving ...


What Successful Companies Know That Law Firms Need To Know: The Importance Of Employee Motivation And Job Satisfaction To Increased Productivity And Stronger Client Relationships, Theresa M. Neff Jan 2003

What Successful Companies Know That Law Firms Need To Know: The Importance Of Employee Motivation And Job Satisfaction To Increased Productivity And Stronger Client Relationships, Theresa M. Neff

Journal of Law and Health

This note examines the importance of employee motivation and job satisfaction to increased productivity and stronger client relationships with law firms. In Part I, I discuss how the pressure of the legal profession can affect lawyers' relationships with their staff members. My analysis will center on recent studies on lawyer job satisfaction, the impact of stress on lawyers, and the public's perception of lawyers. In Part II, I discuss the law firm as a "service" organization and the implications of that orientation. In this section, I also emphasize the importance of building and maintaining relationships with clients and how ...


Finding Yourself In Law School, Joel Jay Finer Jan 1989

Finding Yourself In Law School, Joel Jay Finer

Cleveland State Law Review

Congratulations on your acceptance and your decision to enter law school. Some might say after reading this commentary that it was more appropriate for a commencement address. But stop to think. Commencement means beginning. This is your commencement, the beginning of your legal career. And if the values to which I refer are not somewhere in your thoughts during your law school education, when you can begin to see how your technical skills can be put to use in service of whatever justice goals you personally find most meaningful, it may be more difficult to make the connections later on ...


Is America Over-Lawyered, Shirley M. Hufstedler Jan 1982

Is America Over-Lawyered, Shirley M. Hufstedler

Cleveland State Law Review

Are we over-lawyered? The answer that a lawyer must give is the kind of response that always exasperates laypersons-yes and no. We do have far more lawyers than we can absorb in the existing professional structures, at costs that can be paid by persons who need those services. The unmet need for legal services is very large and growing. Program after program designed to fund legal aid for the poor has been cut or extinguished. Even in a profession that is as crowded as our own, there is always room for the very best, the dedicated and the least selfish.


How To Write And Speak More Effectively As Advocate, Negotiator, Or Counselor -- Suggestions To The Budding Lawyer, Arthur R. Landever Jan 1980

How To Write And Speak More Effectively As Advocate, Negotiator, Or Counselor -- Suggestions To The Budding Lawyer, Arthur R. Landever

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

How best to give you some ideas about legal communication? The traditional approach is to focus narrowly upon a particular type, for example, appellate oral argument. My approach is different. I view communication in its total aspect -- whatever its general nature (e.g. writing or speech), degree of formality (e.g. brief or office negotiation), or audience (e.g. lawyer or layman). My ideas proceed from a fundamental assumption: As a student you can gain insights about the subject, by first studying the broad canvas. As you then reflect upon any particular mode, it can be set against that background ...


The Federal Rules Of Evidence And The Quality Of Practice In Federal Courts, Stephen A. Saltzburg Jan 1978

The Federal Rules Of Evidence And The Quality Of Practice In Federal Courts, Stephen A. Saltzburg

Cleveland State Law Review

One point that I shall endeavor to make today is that the Federal Rules of Evidence offer an opportunity for dramatic improvement in federal trial court practice. In the hands of the most experienced practitioner or the novice litigator just weaned from law school, the evidence rules offer a promise of even-handed justice that has heretofore been unavailable. Used properly, the Federal Rules of Evidence hold out a promise that trials might be less costly to litigants in terms of out-of-pocket expenditures, that the societal costs associated with erroneous decisions by trial judges might be reduced, and that federal litigants ...


The Law, The Lawyers, And The Writers, L. Neille Shoemaker Jan 1968

The Law, The Lawyers, And The Writers, L. Neille Shoemaker

Cleveland State Law Review

The great writers have one thing in common-they castigate the human race, including themselves, the frailties of mankind, and his noble institutions. Law and the lawyers have suffered at the hands of the writers. The doctors have suffered even more. Most rulers, if they lived long enough, have been the subject of satire, caricatures, exposure, or castigation. The church and churchmen have also suffered. The principal subject matter of satire over the centuries has been the Church. ... Because of this general emphasis on soiled humanity, the legal profession need not feel alone as it finds itself the subject matter of ...


Legal Education For Certified Specialization, Philip E. Heckerling Jan 1964

Legal Education For Certified Specialization, Philip E. Heckerling

Cleveland State Law Review

The purpose of this paper is to offer a partial solution to the public's loss of confidence in lawyers, suggesting that by means of post-graduate education conducted under the auspices of the various law schools, professional specialization in the law will be encouraged through certification, with the end result that lawyers and the public will both benefit psychologically and economically.


The Lawyers' Function Today, Nathaniel R. Howard Jan 1958

The Lawyers' Function Today, Nathaniel R. Howard

Cleveland State Law Review

This is the substance of the graduation address delivered by the writer at the June 1958 Commencement of Cleveland-Marshall Law School. If today's students of the law had engaged in their same study 600 years ago, the law then taught to them and believed by them would have included some principles, precedents, decrees, and even primary statutes which they have embraced in the year of Our Lord 1958.