Monroe Freedman’s Influence on Legal Education

Monroe Freedman’s influence on legal education was profound by any measure. He was much more than a gifted scholar and teacher, though he was both of those, as well as an accomplished lawyer. He was also the antithesis of a law professor disconnected from the practice of law, who produces scholarship that has little to no relationship to the practice of law.

Instead, Monroe Freedman’s scholarship was singularly focused on the difficult ethical issues lawyers face in the practice of law, and he was fully engaged with the practicing bar. In many ways, he was the epitome of “the law professor viewed as a superior lawyer,” not only producing scholarship useful to practitioners, but also scholarship that helped other law professors teach law students to become effective, ethical lawyers. Much of his scholarship was on the leading edge of what was to become the field of legal ethics and the teaching of professional responsibility in law schools.

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