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Sturm College of Law


Culture, Cultural defense, Client-centered lawyering, Ethics


Using the tragic case of Fumiko Kimura as a back drop, the author discusses the impact of culture on defendants and argues for a client-centered approach that considers the client beyond the walls of their legal issue. The author concludes her article with a discussion of legal ethics, advocating for a more well rounded vision of the client that includes both legal and cultural interests.

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Copyright held by the author. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Originally published as Rashmi Goel, Can I Call Kimura Crazy - Ethical Tensions in the Cultural Defense, 3 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 443 (2004).