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reason attorneys and Social hobbies seeks to reorient scholarship on reason legal professionals, inviting students to contemplate reason lawyering from the point of view of these political activists with whom reason legal professionals paintings and whom they search to serve. It demonstrates that whereas all reason lawyering cuts opposed to the grain of traditional understandings of felony perform and professionalism, social circulation lawyering poses distinctively thorny difficulties.

The editors and authors of this quantity discover the subsequent questions: What do reason legal professionals do for, and to, social routine? How, while, and why do social routine flip to and use attorneys and criminal concepts? Does their use of legal professionals and criminal innovations improve or constrain the fulfillment in their pursuits? And, how do pursuits form the legal professionals who serve them and the way do attorneys form the pursuits?

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Accordingly, we here apply theoretical insights derived largely from social movement theory to make sense of this transformation in the context for progressive cause lawyering in the United States. Our goal is twofold. We aim, first, to provide historical backdrop for many of the other essays in this volume. But in so doing, we shall also argue, second, for greater scholarly attention to the social context of cause lawyering activity in general. Although our empirical focus is on the United States, we nevertheless intend our contribution to be relevant also for studies of cause lawyering and social movements in other nations.

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