Many, many people, both individually and in groups, have helped me to write this book. All of them deserve thanks.
Anthony Kronman sympathetically supervised a student paper that developed an early version of the book’s central ideas, which eventually became an article, entitled “Legal Ethics from the Lawyer’s Point of View,” published in the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. The faculties of the Law Schools at Florida State University, Harvard University, New York University, Stanford University, The University of Alabama, The University of Michigan, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Toronto, and Yale University heard and commented on this article in workshops. And Geoffrey Hazard, Ted Schneyer, and Alec Walen contributed sustained and careful responses to the article to a mini-symposium published in a later issue of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. Finally, Bruce Ackerman, Arthur Applbaum, Sarah Bilston, Guido Calabresi, David Cross, Owen Fiss, Risa Goluboff, Dan Kahan, Rick Lempert, Meira Levinson, Richard Schragger, Gil Seinfeld, Kenji Yoshino, and Noah Zatz provided informal but invaluable assessments of early versions of the argument. Without the observations and criticisms of these attentive readers, I could not have corrected and elaborated the initial formulation of the argument as the book has demanded.
As the book came into being, many of its parts benefited from receiving additional individual attention from still other readers. Dan Callcut and David Owens offered incisive assessments of some of the arguments concerning integrity in Part II. And audiences at Fordham University Law School’s conference titled “The Internal Point of View in Law and Ethics,” Washington & Lee University’s 28th Annual Legal Ethics Institute, and the 2006 Meeting of the Law & Society Association in Berlin, Germany, made important contributions to the argument of chapter 8. Greg Cooper, Ali Denham, David Luban, James Mahon, Bill Simon, and Brad Wendel made especially significant individual contributions to the chapter’s argument on these occasions. A version of this chapter was also published, under the title “Adversary Advocacy and the Authority of Adjudication,” in a symposium issue that the Fordham Law Review devoted to the Fordham Conference, and a much shorter and more informal account of the chapter’s argument appeared in the Yale Law Journal’s Pocket Part, under the title “In Praise of the Supporting Cast.”
The completed book received equally generous attention from many more readers, who worked their way through the entire manuscript.