Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice

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DEBATING PROFESSIONALISM
AND CONTROL OVER LAWYERS'
WORK

A prospective divorce client appears in a lawyer's office for an initial consultation. She has a sad story of domestic violence and a clear need for legal assistance, but only a limited capacity to pay for that service. Does the lawyer agree to represent this client, knowing that she may have to reduce or even waive her usual fees?

A divorce client frequently tries to use his meetings with his lawyer to unburden himself about his unhappiness over his divorce and the direction his life is taking. Does the lawyer listen to the client and offer him emotional support, or does he insist that the consultations focus on the client's legal case?

A divorce client refuses to consider a negotiated agreement and demands that her lawyer fight her case in court as a way of punishing her husband. Does the lawyer pursue the client's demands in court, or does she try to persuade the client to rethink her goals and expectations for the divorce in order to reach a settlement?

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