Students of Russian legal and constitutional reform, and those interested in modern Russian politics will benefit from Pamela Jordan’s thorough study of the post-Soviet era advocate reforms. Moreover, Jordan’s work is also of value to comparative legal scholars studying the nexus of legal thought and practice. The author employs a historical institutionalism perspective to examine how the Russian bar associations (advokatura), as actors in this legal profession, are bound by their institution’s history. Their choices can be seen as a function of this past, while still permitting major reforms under a powerful external influence. Jordan supplements this analysis with a decade’s worth of empirical evidence collected from select locales across Russia. Her interviews and surveys help contextualize statutory reforms and the concerns of individual advocates.