Public lawyers and private clients: An empirical observation on the relative success rates of cause lawyers

Yoav Dotan*

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Abstract

Cause lawyering is often criticized for creating an untenable tension between the professional obligations of the lawyer to the individual client and the lawyer’s ideological commitment to public causes. I sought to test empirically the validity of this argument by comparing the relative success rates of political lawyers and non-political lawyers in defending their clients’ interests in litigation concerning house-demolition orders before the Israeli High Court of Justice. I found that the general success rates of political lawyers in the research population were significantly higher than those of non-political lawyers. These findings can serve as an additional support for the various arguments in favor of cause lawyering.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)401-425
Number of pages25
JournalLaw and Policy
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1999

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