These two volumes collect groundbreaking socio-legal research on lawyers and the legal profession. Studies in this area exhibit enormous diversity in the questions they pursue, the methodologies they adopt, and the spheres of professional activity they investigate. They are, however, all animated by an underlying preoccupation with the problem of professional power. During the last forty years, sociolegal scholarship on the legal profession has focused on the varied sites of organized and daily professional activity to investigate how power is produced, legitimated, and deployed by lawyers, and contested by competitors, clients, state actors, and third parties. The articles and essays collected in these volumes illuminate the varied dimensions of lawyers' power.
Contents: Volume I: Introduction; Part I The Professional Project in Historical and Sociological Perspective: United States: the contradictions of professionalism, Richard L. Abel ; Comparing legal professions cross-nationally: from a professions-centered to a state-centered approach, Dietrich Rueschemeyer; Lawyers and politics in France 1814-1950: the state, the market, and the public, Lucien Karpik; 'The ideal and the actual in law': fantasies and practices of New York City lawyers 1870-1910, Robert W. Gordon; Professionalism and monopoly of expertise: lawyers and administrative law, 1933-37, Ronen Shamir; Knowledge mandates: collective influence by scientific, normative and syncretic professions, Terence C. Halliday. Part II Stratification and Exclusion: Dispelling the Myth of an Integrated Bar: Specialization and prestige in the legal profession: the structure of deference, Edward O. Laumann and John P. Heinz; The changing character of lawyers' work: Chicago in 1975 and 1995, John P. Heinz, Robert L. Nelson, Edward O. Laumann and Ethan Michelson; Partners without power? A preliminary look at black partners in corporate law firms, David B.Wilkins; Negotiating professionalism: the gendered social capital of flexible time, Carroll Seron and Kerry Ferris. Part III The Creation of Transnational Legal Regimes and Markets: Merchants of law as moral entrepreneurs: constructing international justice from the competition for transnational business disputes, Yves Dezalay and Bryant Garth; Social skill, the Milosevic indictment, and the rebirth of international criminal justice, John Hagan and Ron Levi; Index. Volume II: Introduction; Part I Corporate Practice: The US Experience: Ideology, practice, and professional autonomy: social values and client relationships in the large law firm, Robert L. Nelson; Cops, counsel and entrepreneurs: constructing the role of inside counsel in large corporations, Robert L. Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen; 'We're all consultants now':