Special Issue • December 2018

Special Issue • December 2018
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The Lawyer Identity

How is legal education shaping the career goals of lawyers?

 



Previously in The Practice


 

John Bliss is a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. His research examines the intersection between lawyers’ conceptions of professional identity and public contributions in a changing profession. Drawing on diverse methods and theoretical perspectives from law, sociology of professions, and social psychology, his work provides empirical insights into lawyers’ efforts to pursue the professional role as a calling with personal and civic significance. His recent and ongoing projects focus on the socialization of young lawyers-in-training in the U.S. and China, pro bono practice in leading law firms, and conceptions of property rights and legal professionalism in the racially restrictive covenant cases.

John holds a double B.A. in anthropology and comparative history of ideas from the University of Washington (2004), a J.D. from Berkeley Law (2010), and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program (2016). His work appears or is forthcoming in Law & Social Inquiry, UC Davis Law Review, and edited volumes on global pro bono and the emerging Chinese bar. You can reach out to John about his work at jbliss@law.du.edu.

Special Issue • December 2018 Special Issue • December 2018

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