While I was impressed with Professor Parker's paper for many reasons, to me her single most striking assertion is this: "Practicing law--and learning law-is at heart an imaginative enterprise."' It is a sentence that should be carved above the entrance to every law school. Few practicing attorneys would disagree with Professor Parker's observation. After all, if imagination is the ability to deal creatively with reality, then imagination is essential for each of the ten fundamental lawyering skills listed in the MacCrate Report. For example, no lawyer can succeed in problem-solving without first engaging in the process of imagining multiple possible solutions, imagining the obstacles that each approach would encounter, imagining ways to overcome those obstacles, and imagining the client's response to each possibility.
Melody Richardson Daily,
Imagine: A Comment on "A Liberal Education in Law", 1 Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors 144
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