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Legal Writing, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and Professionalism
Suffolk Law Review
  • Shelley Kierstead, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
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“Professionalism as a personal characteristic is revealed in an attitude and approach to an occupation that is commonly characterized by intelligence, integrity, maturity, and thoughtfulness.” “Words are the principal tool of lawyers and judges, whether we like it or not.” The quotes above refer to two quintessential aspects of lawyers’ work. First, as members of a self-regulated profession, we must aspire to a level of professionalism that is characterized by intelligence, maturity, and thoughtfulness. Second, regardless of the tasks we undertake, words are critically important to lawyers. Not only must we be able to conduct comprehensive and coherent legal analysis; our ability to serve clients properly depends on effectively translating the analysis into words—both spoken and written.

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Kierstead, Shelley. "Legal Writing, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and Professionalism." Suffolk University Law review. 2014.