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By Austin Sarat, Stuart A. Scheingold

reason attorneys and Social events seeks to reorient scholarship on reason attorneys, inviting students to consider reason lawyering from the viewpoint of these political activists with whom reason attorneys paintings and whom they search to serve. It demonstrates that whereas all reason lawyering cuts opposed to the grain of traditional understandings of criminal perform and professionalism, social flow lawyering poses distinctively thorny difficulties.

The editors and authors of this quantity discover the next questions: What do reason legal professionals do for, and to, social activities? How, whilst, and why do social activities flip to and use legal professionals and criminal concepts? Does their use of attorneys and felony options boost or constrain the success in their pursuits? And, how do pursuits form the legal professionals who serve them and the way do attorneys form the hobbies?

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INTRODUCTION 15 Finally, he looks to a different set of legal organizations—the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Lawyers’ Constitutional Defense Committee (LCDC)— that fall under the “grassroots” umbrella. ” Hilbink concludes that “experience in the field . . ” The assumption that “lawyers must be neutral, disinterested, and dispassionate representatives of individuals” was challenged, and, for many civil rights lawyers, it would remain so forever.

Third, social movements tend to develop from core constituencies of nonelites whose social position reflects relatively low degrees of wealth, prestige, or political clout. ”” 2. Our view that civil rights lawyers were caught up in the myth of rights is challenged by Mack (2005). INTRODUCTION 31 References Brown v. Board of Education (1954), 347 US 483. Buechler, Steven and F. Kurt Cylke, eds. (1997), Social Movements: Perspectives and Issues. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing. Burstein, Paul (1991), “Legal Mobilization as a Social Movement Tactic: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity,” American Journal of Sociology, 96: 1201–15.

We aim, first, to provide historical backdrop for many of the other essays in this volume. But in so doing, we shall also argue, second, for greater scholarly attention to the social context of cause lawyering activity in general. Although our empirical focus is on the United States, we nevertheless intend our contribution to be relevant also for studies of cause lawyering and social movements in other nations. It is appropriate in this regard that most social movement scholarship is selfconsciously comparative in character; it aims to develop general conceptual and analytical categories that are useful for comparing different contexts.

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