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Lawyers at Work by Clare Cosslett

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David Whedbee

Associate

MacDonald Hoague & Bayless

Bonaventure wrote: “An artisan is one who aims to produce a work that is beautiful, useful, and enduring; and only when it preserves these three qualities is the work acceptable.”

In an era dominated by the rise and fall of biglaw and big lawsuits, David J. Whedbee aims to practice civil rights law as an artisan. He selects his cases less by calculating the odds of a profitable outcome than by Bonaventure’s three criteria for acceptable work. Whedbee looks for legal beauty in the intricacy and strategy of a case and for moral beauty in its potential to vindicate violated rights. He looks for ...

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