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Race, Culture, Psychology, and Law is the only book to provide summaries and analyses of culturally competent psychological and social services encountered within the U.S. legal arena. The book is broad in scope and covers the knowledge and practice crucial in providing comprehensive services to ethnic, racial, and cultural minorities. Topics include the importance of race relations, psychological testing and evaluation, racial “profiling,” disparities in death penalty conviction, immigration and domestic violence, asylum seekers, deportations and civil rights, juvenile justice, cross-cultural lawyering, and cultural competency in the administration of justice.
Chapter 4: Five Habits for Cross-Cultural Lawyering1
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 ...