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Swimming Against the Tide of Opinion: Self-Esteem Built to Last by Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson, Jerry Porras

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Popularity was never high on the list for Nadine Strossen. “I’m a lawyer, and I think that the law is a wonderful profession,” said Dr. Strossen, a law professor at New York University. “But if you look at surveys of attitudes of lawyers, especially young lawyers, you see enormous unhappiness, malaise, and lack of excitement at best; real alienation and frustration at worst—whether you’re talking about powerful partners at established Wall Street firms or solo practitioners,” she said.

“The one exception I see is any lawyer in the profession who is somehow involved in using the law degree to advance his or her own conception of justice.” Strossen’s team has “this passionate ...

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