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The title of this book refers to the stiving of communities of various types in different circumstances to develop "patterns of conflict resolution that reflected their common striving for social harmony beyond individual conflict, for justice without law." The author wants to document what he calls the search through three and a half centuries of American history for "justice beyond law, without lawyers or courts." Readers familiar with Auerbach's earlier book, Unequal Justice (62 A.B.A.J. 838 (1976)), will correctly assume that this is not a sympathetic view of the influence of bar and bench on the development of alternatives to litigation. Auerbach laments that their influence has led to "legalization" of these alternatives, and he questions the motives of many of the reformers.


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