Cheaper by the hour: temporary lawyers and the deprofessionlization of the law (Record no. 180065)

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020 ## - INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER
International Standard Book Number 9781439902868
082 ## - DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION NUMBER
Classification number 331.25729
Item number B7C4
100 ## - MAIN ENTRY--PERSONAL NAME
Personal name Brooks, Robert A.
9 (RLIN) 249647
245 ## - TITLE STATEMENT
Title Cheaper by the hour: temporary lawyers and the deprofessionlization of the law
Statement of responsibility, etc. Brooks, Robert A.
260 ## - PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION, ETC. (IMPRINT)
Name of publisher, distributor, etc. Temple University Press
Place of publication, distribution, etc. Philadelphia
Date of publication, distribution, etc. 2012
300 ## - PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
Extent xv, 216 p.
365 ## - TRADE PRICE
Price type code INR
Price amount 17961
520 ## - SUMMARY, ETC.
Summary, etc. Cheaper by the Hour is a very timely book, well-organized and penned in an engaging style. The critical perspective that Brooks brings to bear on the industry is sorely missing in the very limited literature on temporary attorneys. The use of an ethnographic research methodology and the book's style and tone made the book in many ways reminiscent of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, which proved to have both powerful academic force and popular appeal."
—Marion Crain, Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law and Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work & Social Capital at Washington University School of Law, and co-author (with Pauline Kim and Michael Selmi) of Work Law: Cases and Materials

Recent law school graduates often work as temporary attorneys, but law firm layoffs and downsizing have strengthened the temporary attorney industry. Cheaper by the Hour is the first book-length account of these workers.

Drawing from participant observation and interviews, Robert A. Brooks provides a richly detailed ethnographic account of freelance attorneys in Washington, DC. He places their document review work in the larger context of the deprofessionalization of skilled labor and considers how professionals relegated to temporary jobs feel diminished, degraded, or demeaned by work that is often tedious, repetitive, and well beneath their abilities.

Brooks documents how firms break a lawyer's work into discrete components that require less skill to realize maximum profits. Moreover, he argues that information technology and efficiency demands are further stratifying the profession and creating a new underclass of lawyers who do low-end commodity work.

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Topical term or geographic name as entry element Lawyers - Employment - United States
9 (RLIN) 249644
650 ## - SUBJECT ADDED ENTRY--TOPICAL TERM
Topical term or geographic name as entry element Temporary employment - United States
9 (RLIN) 249645
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        Non-fiction Vikram Sarabhai Library Vikram Sarabhai Library   2013-11-22 42 1634.36 Slot 585 (0 Floor, West Wing) 2 2 331.25729 B7C4 180308 2015-04-21 2015-03-19 1796.00 2013-11-18 Books

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