By Jean Stefancic
Stefancic and Delgado dramatize the plight of contemporary attorneys via exploring the not likely friendship among Archibald MacLeish, who gave up a profitable yet unsatisfying legislation occupation to pursue his literary yearnings, and Ezra Pound. interpreting the forty-year correspondence among MacLeish and Pound, Stefancic and Delgado draw classes in regards to the problems of legal professionals trapped in worlds that provide them strength, status, and affluence yet now not own delight, less artistic success. lengthy after Pound had embraced fascism, descended into lunacy, and been institutionalized, MacLeish took up his previous mentor’s reason, turning his personal loss of achievement with the legislation right into a significant campaign and eventually securing Pound’s liberate from St. Elizabeths health facility. Drawing on MacLeish’s tale, Stefancic and Delgado contend that literature, public curiosity paintings, and important felony thought provide instruments to modern legal professionals for locating which means and overcoming expert dissatisfaction.
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Making law review and getting the right judicial clerkship came to be seen as the route to a good job, high salary, and prestigious career. Law classes, which were huge, were graded based on a single, three-hour essay examination at the end of the term. A facility in manipulating cases and doctrines came to be seen as virtuosity par excellence and a security blanket for the time-stressed law student. ≤∑ But in practice it came to be aligned with a soft form of conservatism, which at times developed a sharp edge.
Not good enough. . ∏∫ MacLeish declined, but continued persevering at his poetry and seeking Pound’s advice. π≠ MacLeish, however, did not hesitate to help Pound—perhaps because he hoped something would come of it. π∞ This was not the last time he would come to Pound’s aid. π∂ Aware that his writing was producing diminishing returns, MacLeish returned to the United States with his family in 1928. π∏ The country was in hard times economically and jobs were scarce. πΩ When Luce, soon after, o√ered him the job at Fortune, MacLeish replied that he knew nothing about business.
A facility in manipulating cases and doctrines came to be seen as virtuosity par excellence and a security blanket for the time-stressed law student. ≤∑ But in practice it came to be aligned with a soft form of conservatism, which at times developed a sharp edge. As was noted earlier, formalism emphasizes the rule of precedent, which is bound up with the past. It slows the pace of change, assuring that things remain the way they were longer than they might if we were free to make departures when conditions changed.