In Pursuit of Better Myth: Lawyers' Histories and Histories of Lawyers

  • W. Wesley Pue

Abstract

This article identifies the centrality of a presumed "history" of the profession in contemporary professional apologetics and rhetoric, illustrates the lack of support in empirical history for a number of contemporary "myths" and explores some implications of the disjunction between history and professional myth. Particular attention is paid to themes of self-regulation, independence of the profession and public service.