Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice

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5
MAINTAINING CONTROL OVER
CLIENTS

Some attorneys are very resolution-minded…totry to keep the clients friends if they can, particularly if there are children involved, to try to minimize the areas of dispute, to try to control their clients, to try to keep them from driving each other crazy during the process.

Some attorneys are strictly advocates of their clients. They don't care if the case settles. Their client gave them a position and gave them their marching orders, and they're out there to try to achieve that…and will even represent their clients in unreasonable positions.

—a New Hampshire divorce lawyer

The degree to which members of an occupational group enjoy independence in decision making is equally important as expertise as a criterion of professionalism. Independence is complicated, however, for professions that provide service to paying clients or customers. Professional advice may collide with the equally important principle of client and consumer autonomy—the idea that clients should be able to accept

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