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Ross Cranston

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198259312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259312.001.0001

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Large Law Firms and Professional Responsibility

Large Law Firms and Professional Responsibility

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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Marc Galanter

Thomas Palay

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets large law firms and professional responsibility in its wider social and professional context. In the American setting, the large law firm has had an ambivalent relationship to legal ethics and professional responsibility. As large firms have grown and multiplied, despondency about the decline of law practice from its virtuous and collegial past has intensified. A curious double image is found in which large firm lawyers embody the professional ideal of technical proficiency and service to clients, at the same time that the firm is seen as betraying other aspects of professionalism. The most recent developments in professional responsibility and their relation to large law firms are described. It is unknown how the present spurt of interest in incorporating pro bono into the large firm will play out.

Keywords:   large law firms, professional responsibility, legal ethics, lawyers, pro bono

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