Liberty, Responsibility, and the Legal Profession


This colloquium focused on the legal profession. The conferees discussed how the practice of law has evolved in the United States over time, and the different ways in which lawyers have been perceived. The six sessions each examined a particular aspect of the legal profession in an attempt to discover which approaches to the practice of law seem most conducive to building and maintaining a society of free and responsible individuals.


Conference Readings

Weinberg, Arthur, eds. Attorney for the Damned: Clarence Darrow in the Courtroom, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.

Abel, Richard L. American Lawyers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Bolt, Robert. A Man For All Seasons. New York City: Vintage Books, 1990.

Choate, Rufus, "The Position and Function of the American Bar." in The Legal Mind in America, edited by Perry Miller, 0. New York: Doubleday and Company, 1962.

Dargo, George. Law in the New Republic: Private Law and the Public Estate. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 1983.

Edwards, Harry T. "The Growing Disjunction between Legal Education and the Legal Profession." Michigan Law Review 91 (1993): 34-78.

Freedman, Monroe H. Lawyers' Ethics in an Adversary System. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1975.

Glendon, Mary Ann. A Nation Under Lawyers: How the Crisis in the Legal Profession is Transforming American Society. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Kronman, Anthony T. The Lost Lawyer: Failing Ideals of the Legal Profession. Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1993.

Miller, Perry. The Legal Mind in America: From Independence to the Civil War. Garden City: Doubleday, 1962.

Pearse, Russell G.. "The Legal Profession as a Blue State." Fordham Law Review 75 (2006): 1339-1365.

Posner, Richard. "The De-Professionalization of Legal Teaching and Scholarship." Michigan Law Review 91 (1993): 1921-1928.

Rehnquist, William. "The Lawyer-Statesman in American History." Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 9 (1986): 537-557.

Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings. Edited by Miriam Kosh Starkman. New York City: Bantam Classics, 2005.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America. Translated by Henry Reeve. London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862.

Trollope, Anthony. Orley Farm. Edited by David Skilton. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.