The authors look at how divorce lawyers actually work to address the question of legal professionalism in practice. Through a detailed and systematic study of legal practice at the micro level, they show how lawyers create their own controls over work through their social relationships, formal and informal norms, common knowledge, and shared values. While much of the research on legal professionalism centers on the formal standards of the bar as reflected in codes of professional responsibility, Mather et al. show how the discretionary judgments that lawyers make, and the choices they face, are actually understood in relation to norms and standards of other lawyers with whom they interact or compare
Readership: College and law students studying family law, the legal profession, and the sociology of law.
Lynn Mather, Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, Craig A. McEwen, Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology, Bowdoin College, and Richard J. Maiman, Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Maine