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The New Lawyer

How Settlement Is Transforming the Practice of Law

Today’s justice system and the legal profession have rendered the “lawyer-warrior” notion outdated, shifting toward conflict resolution rather than protracted litigation. The new lawyer’s skills go beyond court battles to encompass negotiation, mediation, collaborative practice, and restorative justice. In The New Lawyer, Julie Macfarlane explores the evolving role of practitioners, articulating legal and ethical complexities in a variety of contexts. The result is a thought-provoking exploration of the increasing impact of alternative strategies on the lawyer-client relationship, as well as on the legal system itself.

304 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents



1 Changes in the Legal Profession and the Emergence of the New Lawyer

2 Constructing Professional Identity

3 Three Key Professional Beliefs

4 Translating the Beliefs into Practice: The Norms of Legal Negotiations

5 The New Advocacy

6 The Lawyer-Client Relationship

7 The Role of the Law and Legal Advice

8 Ethical Challenges Facing the New Lawyer

9 Where the Action Is: Sites of Change




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