Lord Brougham – the icon of zealous advocacy, who saw it as his duty to “save [his royal] client by all means and expedients and at all hazards and costs to other persons and, among them, to himself” – would not last long in a Cuban criminal court today. The question is, how comfortable would he be in a drug treatment court? Could he do his job? How well would he do it? Would he want to? And should we care if he couldn't and wouldn't?
These are all questions raised by William Simon's trenchant exploration of the challenges that drug courts, and community courts more generally, pose for traditional conceptions of lawyering.
Daniel C. Richman,
Professional Identity: Comment on Simon,
Am. Crim. L. Rev.
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