Source: (1999) Fordham Urban Law Journal. 26: 1155.

Thomas Porter asserts that the practice of law is experiencing a spiritual crisis. It is seen in the personal lives of lawyers, in the lives of law firms, in the legal systems in which lawyers work, and in the paradigms that inform those systems. With this in mind, Porter examines the role that the crisis in the paradigms has played in the crisis in the personal and institutional lives of lawyers. To make his argument, Porter discusses the old and the new paradigms of justice, the personal spiritual crisis, the institutional spiritual crisis, the spirit of the law, and restorative justice.