These two books published by Oxford University Press, in February, merit the attention and close reading by practicing attorneys, legal educators and current law students.
By James E. Moliterno, Vincent Bradford Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Professor Moliterno is a member of the American Law Institute, and he has held committee leadership roles in both AALS and the ABA.
"Throughout history, the American legal profession has tried to hold tight to its identity by retreating into its traditional values and structure during times of self-perceived crisis. The American Legal Profession in Crisis: Resistance and Responses to Change analyzes the efforts of the legal profession to protect and maintain the status quo even as the world around it changed. James E. Moliterno argues that with striking consistency, the profession has resisted societal change and sought to ban or discourage new models of legal representation created by such change. In response to every crisis, lawyers asked: "How can we stay even more 'the same' than we already are?" ( From Publishers web page)
By Richard Susskind, holds professorships at Oxford University, University College London, and elsewhere. He is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. Previous best-selling books by Mr. Suskind include "The End of Lawyers?" and "The Future of Law".
"Tomorrow's Lawyers is a definitive guide to this future--for young and aspiring lawyers, and for all who want to modernize our legal and justice systems. It introduces the new legal landscape and offers practical guidance for those who intend to build careers and businesses in law. Susskind identifies the key drivers of change, such as the economic downturn, and considers how these will shape the legal marketplace. He then sketches out the new legal landscape as he envisions it..." ( From Publisher's web page)