Faculty Profiles

Stuart Banner

Stuart Banner

Norman Abrams Professor of Law
B.A. Yale, 1985
J.D. Stanford, 1988
UCLA Faculty Since 2001

LAW 561A/B - Perspectives on Law and Lawyering

Lawyers, like other professionals, follow a norm of serving their clients’ interests: the ideal of the "zealous advocate" is central to the profession's self-image.  At the same time, and sometimes in contradiction, lawyers are expected to exercise independent judgment and assert leadership.  This "Perspectives on Law and Lawyering" seminar will grapple with the question of when should a professional act as a tactician, simply helping to achieve the goals specified by his or her principal, and when should a lawyer attempt to shape, overrule, ignore, or refuse to further the principal's stated goals?  When a professional’s view of what is right conflicts with a client’s desires and ambitions, how should a professional react?  We will read and discuss five books that explore these questions from different perspectives.  All are available in paperback from Amazon and other vendors.