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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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(p.17) 2 Why Talk to Clients and Lawyers?

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A Grounded Interpretivist Framework

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Negotiating Justice

Corey S. Shdaimah

NYU Press

This chapter describes the theoretical framework and methods used in interviews with clients and lawyers to study progressive lawyering. It begins by comparing two strains of literature on legal services lawyers: the first takes an explicitly normative stance regarding what outcomes, relationships, or processes are “good,” and the second, which has its roots in the social sciences, focuses on legal practice without explicit reference to values or ideals. Drawing on literature from a wide range of disciplines and empirically grounded in the subjective experiences of both lawyers and clients, this chapter examines salient features of lawyer–client relationships. In particular, it looks at lawyers who profess a desire to work for social justice. It also considers situated practice as an explicit goal of research, law and society studies in relation to legal realism, ideas of power and social justice, and the critical theorizing of lawyers and other professionals interested in working toward social justice. Finally, it describes the work of Northeast Legal Services (NELS) as a legal services practice engaged in critical lawyering.

Keywords:   clients, lawyers, progressive lawyering, legal services, lawyer–client relationships, social justice, situated practice, Northeast Legal Services, critical lawyering

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