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NCJ Number: 121658 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Defense Attorneys: Bottom of the Legal Profession's Class System? (From Ethics in Criminal Justice, P 42-61, 1990, Frank Schmalleger, ed. -- See NCJ-121656)
Author(s): N G Kittel
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Wyndham Hall Press, Inc.
Bristol, IN 46507
Sale Source: Wyndham Hall Press, Inc.
52857 C.R. 21
Bristol, IN 46507
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The results of this survey show a group of criminal defense attorneys with considerable satisfaction with their professional careers.
Abstract: Contrary to the portrayal of criminal defense attorneys as enjoying poor ethics, sordid working conditions, or low public and professional esteem, the majority of this sample of attorneys did not desire to change careers. This job satisfaction runs across the entire range of the professional group without regard to the number of years an individual practiced law or status as a private practitioner, public defender, or mixed public/private category. It is clear from the information generated by this study that criminal defense attorneys view their role and function very differently from the perceptions of academic critics, the elite bar, and much of the public. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Defense counsel effectiveness
Index Term(s): Defense counsel; Legal training; Morale; Work attitudes
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