Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Fordham Law Review

Publication Date

2002

Abstract

Professor Deborah Rhode is a commanding figure in the field of lawyers' ethics. She is widely knowledgeable, thinks deeply, and writes with grace and an enviable ability to turn a phrase. Of no less importance, she cares intensely about her subject, because she is seriously concerned about the people who are affected by how lawyers govern themselves. All of these qualities are reflected in her latest book, In the Interests of Justice: Reforming the Legal Profession.

In addition, Professor Rhode has always been willing to confront difficult issues, and this book is filled with them. Since difficult issues generate controversial solutions, none of Professor Rhode's proposed solutions will satisfy everyone. Nevertheless, just about everything she writes is challenging and demands careful consideration, and one chapter ("Too Much Law/Too Little Justice: Too Much Rhetoric/Too Little Reform") is a superb exposition and analysis of the supposed litigation explosion and related issues. Since there is little point in my trying to restate what Professor Rhode has done so well, however, I want to discuss here some disappointments and disagreements with the book.

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