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Sue Bryant & Jean Koh Peters

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Chapter 4: Five Habits for Cross-Cultural Lawyering1

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Five Habits for Cross-Cultural Lawyering1
Five habits for cross-cultural lawyering1
SueBryantCUNY School of Law
Jean KohPetersYale Law School

Practicing law is often a cross-cultural experience. The law, as well as the legal system in which it operates, is a culture with strong professional norms that give meaning to and reinforce behaviors. The communication style of argument predominates, and competition is highly valued. Even when a lawyer and a non-law-trained client share a common culture, the client and the lawyer will likely experience the lawyer-client interaction as a cross-cultural experience because of the cultural differences that arise from the legal culture.

In addition to these cultural differences, we know that the global movement of people, as well as the multicultural nature of the United States, creates many situations where lawyers ...

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