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Lack of access of the poor and middle class to civil courts, suits that benefit only lawyers, litigation tactics devoted to victory rather than truth or justice, and inefficient courts are some of the issues addressed by Judge Gerber in his outspoken critical appraisal of America's legal profession and judiciary. He suggests practical--and in some cases radical--remedies needed to make the system responsive to the public and to give substance to the ideal of equal justice for all.

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Foreword by Sandra Day O'Connor Foreword by Daniel J. Meador Preface Introduction The Aspiration and Expiration of Professionalism: Goals of Aspiring Lawyers Legal Education: Alternatives to Combat Preparedness Bar Exams and Moral Character: Inquiries Without Character Feeding the Court Dinosaur: The War of Parts Against the Whole Victory v. Truth: Litigation Ethics Conclusion Selected Bibliography Index

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Rudolph J. Gerber is a judge for rthe Arizona State Court of Apeals

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"As the author of two well-respected books and numerous articles on judicial topics, and as a state appellate court judge, Gerber is highly qualified to prepare this volume on legal and judicial reform. He begins with an overview of the primary problems of the contemporary judicial system and then examines the narrow process by which American attorneys are recruited. Gerber also notes that financial motivation is very high on their list of priorities. He provides a critique of the current state of legal education, bar examinations, and the fact that ethics are given a low priority in the education of attorneys. The author therefore stresses the need for ongoing ethical reviews and specialized training for practicing lawyers. The text is similar to Joseph Grodin's In Pursuit of Justice (CH, Aug'89) and to Views from the Bench (CH, Mar'86) ed. by Mark W. Cannon and David M. O'Brien. Gerber writes well and his provocative arguments are easy to follow. Upper-division undergraduates and above."-Choice
?As the author of two well-respected books and numerous articles on judicial topics, and as a state appellate court judge, Gerber is highly qualified to prepare this volume on legal and judicial reform. He begins with an overview of the primary problems of the contemporary judicial system and then examines the narrow process by which American attorneys are recruited. Gerber also notes that financial motivation is very high on their list of priorities. He provides a critique of the current state of legal education, bar examinations, and the fact that ethics are given a low priority in the education of attorneys. The author therefore stresses the need for ongoing ethical reviews and specialized training for practicing lawyers. The text is similar to Joseph Grodin's In Pursuit of Justice (CH, Aug'89) and to Views from the Bench (CH, Mar'86) ed. by Mark W. Cannon and David M. O'Brien. Gerber writes well and his provocative arguments are easy to follow. Upper-division undergraduates and above.?-Choice
"The maintenance of a healthy American legal order is ultimately at stake. Perhaps it is not too late to turn the situation around. This book should stimulate heightened interest in these problems and in ideas for dealing with them."-Daniel J. Meador, James Monroe Professor of Law, and Director, Graduate Program for Judges, University of Virginia
"Gerber's criticisms of the legal profession today are far-reaching, and the self-reflection in which he asks us to engage is difficult, even uncomfortable. But it is a necessary step in the continuing efforts we all must make to ensure that our profession upholds the highest ideals of professional responsibility."-Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

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