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Negotiating JusticeProgressive Lawyering, Low-Income Clients, and the Quest for Social Change$
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Corey S. Shdaimah

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740545

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740545.001.0001

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Lawyer and Client

Lawyer and Client

Face to Face

(p.131) 6 Lawyer and Client
Negotiating Justice

Corey S. Shdaimah

NYU Press

This chapter examines legal services lawyering as it takes place through face-to-face encounters between lawyers and clients. It considers the importance of focusing on clients in progressive lawyering as well as the often transformative nature of the client–lawyer relationship for both client and lawyer. After discussing Northeast Legal Services' direct representation, the chapter proceeds with an analysis of clients' views that their relationship with their lawyers is like a friendship. It then cites some limitations to lawyer–client relationships, along with resource constraints that hamper lawyers's efforts to pursue a client-centered practice grounded in respect for clients. It also explores how compassion for clients allows lawyers to temper abstract notions of progressive lawyering.

Keywords:   legal services, lawyers, clients, progressive lawyering, Northeast Legal Services, direct representation, friendship, lawyer–client relationships, resource constraints, compassion

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