And Tell Tchaikovsky the News: The Wedding of Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Preventive Lawyering

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Abstract

Advocates for therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) and preventive law (PL) presume that legal practice is normally unemotional and that expressing concern for the client is normally therapeutic. This response challenges both presumptions. The author argues that, as part of the service economy, legal practice involves a great deal of emotional labor. He emphasizes how psychological difficulties in being a lawyer may spring from the dilemmas of being a salesperson. He further questions linking certain emotional orientations to moral judgment by privileging compromising, expressing caring, or not being aggressive. He suggests that sometimes being affectively neutral toward clients is therapeutically indicated, and he considers how techniques and values are mixed in merging TJ and PL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)944-950
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology, Public Policy, and Law
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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