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 the usefulness of a case in the ability of a successful suit to empower the impotent, defend the disenfranchised, and speak for the voiceless. And he looks for cases that will endure in their beneficial effects on the lives of his clients and on developing precedent to restrain the abuse of power.
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