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Clinical Law Review




As important, and difficult, as it is to offer new law students clear and helpful frameworks for the interpersonal work of lawyering, do­ing so is only part of what a clinical textbook may aspire to. In our textbook-in-progress, we hope to offer both frameworks and support for students' sense of the incompleteness of every framework and for their recognition of the need for careful, flexible response to each in­dividual client. Even care and flexibility by themselves are not enough, however, and every text must choose which aspects of law­yer-client relationships it will emphasize most. In the sections that fol­low, we focus on lawyers' development of "connection in context," emotional connection and common ground with clients forged even across considerable gaps of difference; on the application of these skills across especially large contextual gaps, as illustrated in an inter­view with a client with a mild intellectual disability; and on the ethics and skills of making one special form of connection with a client, the moral relationship entailed in a "moral dialogue." These dialogues and commentaries explore many complex moments between lawyer and client, but they also reaffirm the central importance of a funda­mental skill and virtue - listening - in the lawyer's work of creating, in each case, a theory of the representation.



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