Careers in Law Responsive to Social Mores

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Legal training can help a student develop penetrating analytical skills and an exhaustive work ethic. Lawyers, in their ever-changing interpretations of the legal statutes which govern society's actions, prove that the practice of their craft is not always "by the book." In many instances, rather, those pursuing careers in law are expected to give order to circumstances which are anything but orderly.

Aside from serving their clients, lawyers are able to use their legal expertise to influence policies enacted by the nation's judicial branch and to affect social mores on litigious issues.

Next week, international death penalty expert and trial lawyer Stephen B. Bright will attempt to do both when he delivers a lecture entitled The Right to Counsel in Death Penalty and Other Criminal Cases, the South End reports.

Steve's talk will be based on his experience nationally and the fact that there is often inadequate appointed counsel for indigent people in death penalty cases, Bright's mentor and law professor at the University of Kentucky Robert Sedler told the news source.

Bright, the president for the Southern Conference on Human Rights, has spent most of his career litigating death penalty cases.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2006 approximately 27 percent of lawyers were self-employed, practicing either as partners in law firms or in solo practices.

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