Societal Value of Lawyers
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This paper builds a methodical, thorough explanation of how lawyers serve society. The paper details how citizen rights are protected, and both plaintiffs and defendants are ensured fair representation in court. To emphasize the importance of lawyers in a democratic society, the paper gives examples in which people have stood accused without representation. In conclusion, the paper notes that lawyers will remain an essential part of society for years to come, representing their communities despite some societal cynicism toward their role.
From the Paper:"Our society operates in a functionalist fashion where each role played in society is required to create societal equilibrium. This allows societies to focus on meeting the essential needs of the individual. To meet society's functionalist needs a lawyer has a part to play in analysing the consequences of individual actions. The lawyer through his duties is in a position to identify the positive and negative actions of deviant behaviours. The lawyer can then identify an approach to take within the courts which will be acceptable to the needs and desires of those who make up the community.
"To alleviate the cynicism of those in society who begrudge the lawyer, there are many responses that can be taken. Most cynicism stems from misunderstanding of why lawyers do what they do, charge what they charge and whose interests are they serving. Education of the public regarding the actions of Lawyers is quite limited and because of the unknown factors people are untrusting of the actions of lawyers. People see lawyers as acting unto themselves with no recognition of the interests of those that they represent. People understand that as a representative part of society lawyers do commit wrongs but they rarely see the outcomes of investigations and feel disillusioned by the lack of transparency."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Allinson V General Counsel of Medical Education and Registration  1 QB 750
- Cannon, L., Official Negligence, Random House, Los Angeles, 1997
- Del Mar, M., Professional Ethics Project - Discussion Paper, Queensland Law Society, Brisbane, 2006
- Fischel, D., Law Dean Shares His Plan, University of Chicago Magazine, Vol. 92, No 2, 1999.
- Giannarelli V Wraith  165 CLR 543 F.C. 88/047
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