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Angela P. Harris: “For a discussion of how pity for one’s client can subtly become narcissism, see Gerald López, Rebellious Lawyering”

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“In the Western intellectual tradition, we are so used to dividing “reason” from ‘emotion’ that a call for one is usually understood as a renunciation of the other. But emotion uneducated by reason is as dangerous as reason unguided by emotion.”

“For lawyers, especially those who work for the disempowered, unleashing the passions without regard to reason can mean unremitting rage against ‘the man,’ a childish macho delight in one’s own toughness, or an unexamined ‘sympathy’ for one’s clients that is inextricable from pity and narcissism.”

“For a discussion of how pity for one’s client can subtly become narcissism, see Gerald López, Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s View of Progressive Law Practice (1992).”

Cited from Angela P. Harris, TEACHING THE TENSIONS, 54 St. Louis U. L.J. 739 (2010).
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