Divorce lawyers and their clients : power and meaning in the legal process /

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Author / Creator:Sarat, Austin.
Imprint:New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Description:1 online resource (xii, 191 pages)
Language:English
Subject:Divorce suits -- United States.
Attorney and client -- United States.
LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.
Attorney and client.
Divorce suits.
Scheidingsprocesrecht.
Advocatuur.
Echtscheiding.
Divorce -- Droit -- Etats-Unis.
Avocats -- Etats-Unis.
United States.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11164829
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Other authors / contributors:Felstiner, William L. F.
ISBN:142940633X
9781429406338
0195362489
9780195362480
9780195063875
0195063872
1280524855
9781280524851
0195063872
Digital file characteristics:data file
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Print version record.
Summary:Based on over 100 lawyer-client conferences at which the authors were observers, this book charts the complicated and shifting relationships between the two as they work out the strategy and tactics of divorce. It also examines the nature of the marriage and why marriages fail, the nature of the legal process and the best way to resolve divorce.
Other form:Print version: Sarat, Austin. Divorce lawyers and their clients. New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
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Summary:Each year more than 2 million Americans divorced, and most of them use a lawyer. In closed-door conversations between lawyers and their clients strategy is planned, tactics are devised, and the emotional climate of the divorce is established. Do lawyers contribute to the pain and emotional difficulty of divorce by escalating demands and encouraging unreasonable behavior? Do they take advantage of clients at a time of emotional difficulty? Can and should clients trust their lawyers to look out for their welfare and advance their long-term interests? <br>Austin Sarat and William L.F. Felstiner's new book, based on a pioneering and intensive study of actual conferences between divorce lawyers and their clients, provides an unprecedented behind-the- scenes description of the lawyer-client relationship, and calls into question much of the conventional wisdom about what divorce lawyers actually do. Divorce Lawyers and Their Clients suggests that most divorces are marked less by a pattern of aggressive advocacy than by one of inaction and drift. It uncovers reasons why lawyers find divorce practice frustrating and difficult and why clients frequently feel dissatisfied with their lawyers. This new work provides a unique perspective on the dynamics of professionalism. It charts the complex and shifting ways lawyers and clients "negotiate" their relationship as they work out the strategy and tactics of divorce. <br>Sarat and Felstiner show how both lawyers and clients are able to draw on resources of power to set the agenda of their interaction, while neither one is fully in charge. Rather, power shifts between the two parties; where it is achieved, power is found in the ability to have one's understandings of the social and legal worlds of divorce accepted. Power then works through the creation of shared meanings. Divorce Lawyers and Their Clients examines the effort to create such shared meanings about the nature of marriage and why marriages fail, the operation of the legal process, and the best way to bring divorces to closure. It will be fascinating reading for anyone who is going through, or has gone through a divorce, as well as for lawyers, judges, and scholars of law and society.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xii, 191 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:142940633X
9781429406338
0195362489
9780195362480
9780195063875
0195063872
1280524855
9781280524851