The Communitarian Work and Vision(s) of Robert Cochran (and Thomas Shaffer)

The Communitarian Work and Vision(s) of Robert Cochran (and Thomas Shaffer)

Essay By: Richard W. Garnett

47 PEPP. L. REV. 361 (2020)

Professor Robert Cochran’s work and thought were powerfully shaped by those of his friend, mentor, and teacher, the late Professor Thomas Shaffer, a towering figure in the religious lawyering movement. A leading theme in Shaffer’s writing, one that has continued through and been developed in Cochran’s, is “community.” This Essay explores and unpacks this theme and highlights several ways that the idea of “community” functions in their vision of the lawyer’s role and vocation.

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