Alison I. Stein


Legal scholars and academic commentators have long written about the ways in which close-knit communities of people employ extralegal or nonlegal methods to structure conflict, resolve disputes, and advocate for their rights and interests. From cattle ranchers to diamond merchants to Third Wave feminists, scholars emphasize how groups of people opt out of the legal system and instead use personalized and informal methods of rights assertion and dispute resolution as a means of overcoming the ineffectiveness of state sponsored laws, or because they reject the law as a viable means of achieving change. Like these communities, a growing number of women lawyers have developed their own method of rights assertion and dispute resolution that does not involve turning to the legal system.

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