Thursday, January 17, 2019

Moran on the Three Ages of the Modern American Legal Profession

Rachel F. Moran, Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor Law, UCLA School of Law, has published The Three Ages of Modern American Lawyering and the Current Crisis in the Legal Profession and Legal Education, which is available from the website of the Santa Clara Law Review.  There is no abstract, but there is a table of contents:

I. The First Age of Modern American Lawyering: The Rise of Corporate Law and the Emergence of the University Law School
A. The Innovation of Social Trustee Professionalism: The Organized Bar’s Push for Ethical Canons and Educational Reform
B. Analytical Legal Education, Expert Professionalism, and the “Harvardization” of Law Schools
C. Legal Aid Societies and the Limited Vision of Social Trustee Professionalism

II. The Second Age of Modern American Lawyering: The Rise of the Administrative State and the Assault on Langdellian Formalism
A. The Rise of the New Deal and the Anxiety of the Organized Ba
B. Dueling Elites: Government Lawyers and the Corporate Bar
C. Legal Realism, New Deal Activism, and the Triumph of Incremental Curricular Reform

III. The Third Age of Modern American Lawyering: The Rise of Cause Lawyering and the Push for Clinical Legal Education and a Pedagogy of Diversity
A. Civil Rights: From Law-Centric Credo to Backlash from the Left and the Right
B. Legal Services: From the War on Poverty to the War on Lawyers
C. Making It Real: Cause Lawyering and the Growth of Clinical Education
D. Desegregation, Affirmative Action, and the Compromised Pedagogy of Diversity

IV. The Current Crisis: Are We Entering the Fourth Age of Modern American Lawyering?
A. A Profession Under Stress and the Prospect of a Fourth Age of Modern American Lawyering
B. The Future of Professionalism in an Uncertain World
C. The Way Forward: Deepening Our Understanding of the Symbiotic Relationship Between Social Trustee and Expert Professionalism