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The Clinical Law Review At 25 - What Have We Wrought, Robert Dinerstein Jan 2019

The Clinical Law Review At 25 - What Have We Wrought, Robert Dinerstein

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The Settlement Problem In Public Interest Law, Susan Carle Jan 2018

The Settlement Problem In Public Interest Law, Susan Carle

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Public interest lawyers, of many types and political persuasions, play a vital role in pursuing '"public justice." For public interest (as for all) lawyers, settlement provides an important means of resolving cases. Yet a persisting ambivalence about case settlement in public interest law contributes to the difficulties public interest practitioners face in sustaining themselves in practice. Indeed, public interest lawyers identify case settlement as posing some of the most vexing legal ethics problems they routinely confront.

The trouble often stems from the fact that, in public interest law where clients do not pay for legal services, the economic incentives that …


The Reform Of The Russian Legal Profession: Three Varying Perspectives, Susan Carle, Delphine Nougayrède Jan 2018

The Reform Of The Russian Legal Profession: Three Varying Perspectives, Susan Carle, Delphine Nougayrède

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This Article was co-authored by Susan Carle (American University Washington College of Law), Gayane Davidyan (Moscow State University), Thomas McDonald and Delphine Nougayrède. In the Article the four authors debate various approaches to reforming the legal profession in Russia. They start out with a historical introduction followed by a presentation and discussion of the status at present. A large number of legal practitioners, including the international law firms, are currently unregulated and practice within what is sometimes referred to as the "free sector". The Russian government has for a number of years attempted to introduce reforms that would require these …


Ethics And The History Of Social Movement Lawyering, Susan Carle Jan 2018

Ethics And The History Of Social Movement Lawyering, Susan Carle

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A Reflection On The Ethics Of Movement Lawyering, Susan Carle, Scott L. Cummings Jan 2018

A Reflection On The Ethics Of Movement Lawyering, Susan Carle, Scott L. Cummings

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This essay takes a new look at legal ethics issues salient to "movement lawyers" who maintain a sustained commitment to social movement goals and collaborate with social movement organizations over time to achieve them. The essay provides a historical overview of movement lawyering, tracing its development to current practice in which movement lawyers work in collaboration with mobilized social movement groups, though not always in traditional lawyer-client relationships. As this analysis reveals, contemporary movements employ a sophisticated array of strategies, which may pull lawyers away from traditional representation paradigms. We argue that the legal ethics literature on movement lawyering must …


The Progressive Prosecutor: An Imperative For Criminal Justice Reform, Angela J. Davis Jan 2018

The Progressive Prosecutor: An Imperative For Criminal Justice Reform, Angela J. Davis

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Addressing The Lack Of Diversity In The Legal Profession, At The Undergraduate Level, Michael W. Carroll, Troy Romero Jan 2017

Addressing The Lack Of Diversity In The Legal Profession, At The Undergraduate Level, Michael W. Carroll, Troy Romero

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The study and practice of law is among the most respected and well-regarded pursuits; unfortunately, it is also among the least diverse. The persistent and alarming lack of diversity is prevalent in the industry regardless of the culture. In the United States and in Europe, statistics show that lawyers are overwhelmingly comprised by white males, especially in the higher ranks of the profession. Several factors contribute to this lack of diversity, including access to legal professionals and costs associated with pursuing a legal degree. Several strategies have been initiated to increase diversity in the field, including increasing awareness of the …


Training For Bargaining, Jenny M. Roberts, Ronald F. Wright Jan 2016

Training For Bargaining, Jenny M. Roberts, Ronald F. Wright

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While plea bargaining dominates the practice of criminal law, preparation for trial remains central to defense attorneys’ training. Negotiation is still peripheral to that training. Defense lawyers enter practice with little exposure to negotiation techniques and strategies in the plea bargaining context, the most significant skills they use every day.

Empirical research on plea negotiations has concentrated on outcomes of negotiations rather than the process itself. Our multi-phase field study examines the negotiation techniques that attorneys use during plea bargaining, as well as their preparation and training for negotiation. This Article explores the data on the training aspects of our …


#Lawyeringpeace: The Role Of Lawyers In Peacebuilding, Paul Williams, Christin Coster Jan 2016

#Lawyeringpeace: The Role Of Lawyers In Peacebuilding, Paul Williams, Christin Coster

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Based on the Public International Law & Policy Group’s (“PILPG”) two decades of experience assisting countries and clients in conflict situations, it is clear there are a number of ways for lawyers and international law to promote peacebuilding. This article condenses information shared during the International Law Weekend panel, “International Law and States in Emergency: Responses and Challenges.” The focus of the presentation was how lawyers can and should make a difference in peacebuilding and post-conflict constitution drafting. The world needs more lawyers to “lawyer peace” by assisting countries and clients involved in ongoing conflicts or in peace negotiations. In …


Negotiator's Nook: The Ins And Outs Of Effective Negotiation, David Spratt Jan 2015

Negotiator's Nook: The Ins And Outs Of Effective Negotiation, David Spratt

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Conceptions Of Agency In Social Movement Scholarship: Mack On African American Civil Rights Lawyers [Comments], Susan Carle Jan 2014

Conceptions Of Agency In Social Movement Scholarship: Mack On African American Civil Rights Lawyers [Comments], Susan Carle

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This essay examines the theory of individual agency that propels the central thesis in Kenneth Mack's Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (2012)-namely, that an important yet understudied means by which African American civil rights lawyers changed conceptions of race through their work was through their very performance of the professional role of lawyer. Mack shows that this performance was inevitably fraught with tension and contradiction because African American lawyers were called upon to act both as exemplary representatives of their race and as performers of a professional role that traditionally had been reserved for whites …


Why Punctuation Matters: Part Three, David Spratt Jan 2013

Why Punctuation Matters: Part Three, David Spratt

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In Search Of Racial Justice: The Role Of The Prosecutor, Angela J. Davis Jan 2013

In Search Of Racial Justice: The Role Of The Prosecutor, Angela J. Davis

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This article examines the role of prosecutors in establishing and maintaining racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and examines efforts of the Prosecution and Racial Justice Program of the Ve,:-a Institute of Justice to enact reform within prosecutors' offices. After providing an overview of the debate on causes of such racial disparities generally, the article examines how seemingly race neutral charging and plea-bargaining decisions by prosecutors can actually cause and perpetuate racial disparities. As a model for reforming such practices, the article evaluates and critiques the Prosecution and Racial Justice Program and makes recommendations for how this program can …


Structure And Integrity, Susan Carle Jan 2008

Structure And Integrity, Susan Carle

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In this Review Essay of David Luban's Legal Ethics and Human Dignity, I argue that although Professor Luban has not had much to say until now about "structural" concerns - namely, how lawyers' locations within institutions that organize access to power shape or should shape those lawyers' conduct - in his most recent work, another approach slips in as a supplement to his individualist framework. In this emerging supplement, structural concerns become increasingly important. Although individual integrity continues to matter most in Professor Luban's world view, it increasingly matters in the context of structural relations in which lawyers' ethical duties …


Empirically Evaluating Claims About Investment Treaty Arbitration, Susan Franck Dec 2007

Empirically Evaluating Claims About Investment Treaty Arbitration, Susan Franck

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With the blossoming of empirical legal scholarship, there is an increased appreciation for the insights it offers issues of international importance. One area that can benefit from such inquiry is the resolution of disputes from investment treaties, which affects international relations, implicates international legality of domestic government conduct, and puts millions of taxpayer dollars at risk. While suggesting there has been a "litigation explosion", commentators make untested assertions about investment treaty disputes. Little empirical work transparently explores this area, however. As the first research that explains its methodology and results, this article is a modest attempt to evaluate claims about …


The Legal Profession's Failure To Discipline Unethical Prosecutors, Angela J. Davis Jan 2007

The Legal Profession's Failure To Discipline Unethical Prosecutors, Angela J. Davis

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This article explores the legal profession's failure to hold prosecutors accountable for misconduct and other ethical violations. Part I introduces the piece, providing several examples of prosecutorial power and abuse in the criminal justice system. Part II discusses prosecutorial misconduct and the inadequacy of current legal remedies. Part III argues that the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility have not provided adequate guidance to prosecutors, and that the disciplinary process has not been effective in disciplining prosecutors when they have abused their power and discretion. Part IV contends that the disbarment of Mike Nifong – the prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse …


Racial Fairness In The Criminal Justice System: The Role Of The Prosecutor, Angela J. Davis Jan 2007

Racial Fairness In The Criminal Justice System: The Role Of The Prosecutor, Angela J. Davis

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In this article, Davis analyzes discusses efforts to involve prosecutors in the elimination of racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Part II explains how prosecutors unintentionally contribute to disparities through the arbitrary, unsystematic exercise of discretion. Part III argues that the U.S. Supreme Court has failed to provide an effective legal remedy for victims of race-based selective prosecution. Finally, in Part IV, Davis endorses the use of racial impact studies and task forces and discusses a model reform effort spearheaded by the Vera Institute of Justice.


Why Care About The History Of Women In The Legal Profession, Mary Clark Jan 2006

Why Care About The History Of Women In The Legal Profession, Mary Clark

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Women As Supreme Court Advocates, 1879-1979, Mary Clark Jan 2005

Women As Supreme Court Advocates, 1879-1979, Mary Clark

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Empathy, Spring, And Fervorino, Susan Bennett Jan 2002

Empathy, Spring, And Fervorino, Susan Bennett

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The American Prosecutor: Independence, Power, And The Threat Of Tyranny, Angela J. Davis Jan 2001

The American Prosecutor: Independence, Power, And The Threat Of Tyranny, Angela J. Davis

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This Article compares the power, practices, and policies of the Independent Counsel with those of ordinary state and federal prosecutors and suggests that the purported distinctions turn out to be illusory. Part I charts the principal structural characteristics of the Independent Counsel and regular prosecutors, with particular focus on prosecutorial discretion and the charging power. This section notes the public outrage over former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and argues that the American prosecutor deserves similar scrutiny. Using illustrations from the author’s former experience as a public defender, this Part explains how regular prosecutors engage in the same acts of misconduct …


The First Women Members Of The Supreme Court Bar, 1879-1900, Mary Clark Jan 1999

The First Women Members Of The Supreme Court Bar, 1879-1900, Mary Clark

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The Civil Opinions Of Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch: A Tribute, Stephen Wermiel Jan 1997

The Civil Opinions Of Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch: A Tribute, Stephen Wermiel

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Projecting The Washington College Of Law Into The Future, Claudio Grossman Jan 1996

Projecting The Washington College Of Law Into The Future, Claudio Grossman

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Clinical Scholarship And The Justice Mission, Robert Dinerstein Jan 1992

Clinical Scholarship And The Justice Mission, Robert Dinerstein

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Client-Centered Counseling: Reappraisal And Refinement, Robert Dinerstein Jan 1990

Client-Centered Counseling: Reappraisal And Refinement, Robert Dinerstein

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Has The Time Come For Judicial Sabbaticals, Ira P. Robbins Jan 1988

Has The Time Come For Judicial Sabbaticals, Ira P. Robbins

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