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The Comprehensive Law Movement

Daicoff, Susan
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Paper on a continuing legal education (CLE) conference, “Lawyering and Its Discontents: Reclaiming Meaning in the Practice of Law” Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, April 6-7, 2003. Touro Law Review. 19: 825-846.

The comprehensive law movement is a collective term referring to a number of new approaches to the conception and practice of law. Susan Daicoff locates much of the impetus for this movement in an increasing dissatisfaction – on the part of lawyers, clients of lawyers, and others – with the established practice of law, especially in its formal and adversarial character. In contrast, the new approaches seek more collaborative, comprehensive, healing, and humane forms of law practice. In this presentation then, Daicoff discusses a cluster of topics relating to the comprehensive law movement: lawyer personality, distress, and dissatisfaction; precursors to the comprehensive law movement; and different ‘vectors’ that seem to be moving toward common goals with respect to new ways of practicing law (e.g., therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice, transformative mediation, problem solving courts, and collaborative law).


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