Verdicts on Lawyers Book Review

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Verdicts on Lawyers Book Review
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1976
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Arkansas Law Review
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30
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382
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English
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Verdicts on Lawyers, edited by Ralph Nader and Mark Green, is a volume of twenty-three essays offering a critique of the legal profession. One of the main themes of the volume is the legal profession’s ethical duty to provide legal services for the public. The authors make a number of specific suggestions for improving the public’s access to legal services, such as requiring lawyers to perform some percentage of pro bono work and introducing new services, including small claims courts, where the bar sees the necessity. The theme of several essays suggests that the legal profession needs more competition and that self-regulation has failed. Other essays choose to explore the attorney's broader duty to society. Many of the ideas discussed in this collection are not currently included in the Arkansas machinery, but should be considered for adoption. Despite being an indictment against the legal profession with unevenness in the tone, temperament, and quality of the essays, the volume raises many interesting points and should be examined by anyone concerned with the future of the legal profession.

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