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Martin Luther King Jr. and the Morality of Legal Practice
Lessons in Love and Justice

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  • Date Published: July 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107429161

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  • This book seeks to reframe our understanding of the lawyer's work by exploring how Martin Luther King Jr. built his advocacy on a coherent set of moral claims regarding the demands of love and justice in light of human nature. King never shirked from staking out challenging claims of moral truth, even while remaining open to working with those who rejected those truths. His example should inspire the legal profession as a reminder that truth-telling, even in a society that often appears morally balkanized, has the capacity to move hearts and minds. At the same time, his example should give the profession pause, for King's success would have been impossible absent his substantive views about human nature and the ends of justice. This book is an effort to reframe our conception of morality's relevance to professionalism through the lens provided by the public and prophetic advocacy of Dr. King.

    • Derives lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr's distinctive commitment to social justice and applies them to the counseling and advocacy work of today's lawyers
    • Concisely explains the theological anchors of Martin Luther King, Jr's public advocacy in a relevant and accessible way
    • Places the market challenges facing today's lawyers into a broader moral framework
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107429161
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Human dignity: lawyers as (more than) technicians
    2. Agape: lawyers as subjects
    3. Personalism: lawyers as healers
    4. Justice: lawyers as prophets
    5. Realism: lawyers as fallen.

  • Author

    Robert K. Vischer, University of St. Thomas School of Law
    Robert K. Vischer is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of St Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. He is the author of Conscience and the Common Good: Reclaiming the Space Between Person and State (2010). His scholarship explores the intersection of law, religion and public policy, with a particular focus on the religious and moral dimensions of professional identity.

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