This chapter examines “collaborative lawyering,” a technique of lawyering that seeks to mitigate the hierarchical aspects of the professional relationship between lawyers and clients. In collaborative lawyering models, lawyers and clients are portrayed as “co-eminent problem solvers,” whereby both lawyers and clients can and should contribute knowledge and skills to their relationship, and clients should make decisions and take actions. Progressive lawyering proponents advocate collaboration based on its value and efficacy. This chapter considers the basis for collaborative lawyering and whether collaboration enhances the legal process. It also discusses collaborative work from the perspectives of clients and lawyers, along with the ways Northeast Legal Services seeks collaboration with constituents. Finally, it explores a number of ways in which lawyers and clients collaborate that have gone largely unnoticed in the literature.
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