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Introduction PART ONE: Ideas 1. An Embarrassed Virtue 2. Practical Wisdom and Political Fraternity 3. The Good Lawyer PART TWO: Realities 4. Law Schools 5. Law Firms 6. Courts 7. Honesty and Hope Notes Index

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Kronman deploys philosophical acumen and wide learning to revive the ideal of the lawyer--whether counselor, advocate, scholar, teacher, or judge--as practitioner of a kind of wisdom that he argues has long been out of fashion. This is an important book. -- Charles Fried, Harvard Law School Many thoughtful observers of the legal profession have come to wonder whether the profession's traditional aspirations can possibly flourish in the current conditions of practice. Kronman is one of several critics to conclude, regretfully, that those aspirations are doomed...If lawyers could spare any time to read, The Lost Lawyer should really make them sit up and take notice of what has happened to them. -- Robert W. Gordon, Stanford Law School

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Anthony T. Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

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America's lawyers are viewed with ambivalence. The best, perhaps embodied by Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird , combine judgment and principle with something of the scholar's love of the pursuit of truth. Yet Dan Quayle questions lawyers' basic honesty and trustworthiness at the annual American Bar Association convention. Kronman (law, Yale Univ.) worries about the decline of the ``lawyer-statesman,'' that lawyer who possesses more than just technical proficiency in legal persuasion. Kronman sees Abraham Lincoln and, more recently, the late Chief Justice Earl Warren as just such ``lawyer-statesmen.'' Both possessed those traits of prudence, wisdom, and judgment that counted far more than legal expertise. Their absence underlies the crisis facing the American legal profession. This is an interesting book, but it won't change many of the well-entrenched opinions about lawyers. For academic and larger public library legal collections.-- Jerry E. Stephens, U.S. Court of Appeals Lib., Oklahoma City

The Lost Lawyer is a major document in the history of American law. Its historical importance aside, however, it is also a work of extraordinary psychological, moral and philosophical importance to the legal profession. Kronman's study is remarkable in its moral vision, social judgment and psychological power. -- Daniel Kornstein * New York Law Journal *
An eloquent and provocative book. When you listen to...[Kronman's] diagnoses of just what has gone wrong with the job of lawyering today, you begin to see that the spreading disaffection of lawyers for their work should not be underestimated. -- Michael Orey * American Lawyer *
[This book] is an eloquent and impassioned work of scholarship. It makes an important contribution to the growing body of literature devoted to the study of the legal profession. -- Anthony V. Alfieri * Michigan Law Review *
Kronman deploys philosophical acumen and wide learning to revive the ideal of the lawyer-whether counselor, advocate, scholar, teacher, or judge-as practitioner of a kind of wisdom that he argues has long been out of fashion. This is an important book. -- Charles Fried, Harvard Law School
Many thoughtful observers of the legal profession have come to wonder whether the profession's traditional aspirations can possibly flourish in the current conditions of practice. Kronman is one of several critics to conclude, regretfully, that those aspirations are doomed... If lawyers could spare any time to read, The Lost Lawyer should really make them sit up and take notice of what has happened to them. -- Robert W. Gordon, Stanford Law School

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