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The American Legal System And Civic Engagement

Author : Kenneth Manaster
ISBN : 9781137342331
Genre : Political Science
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This book shows how the ordinary citizen can form his opinions on public issues more intelligently, confidently, and responsibly by drawing on the tools and traditions of the American legal system.

Model Rules Of Professional Conduct

Author : American Bar Association. House of Delegates
ISBN : STANFORD:36105060841652
Genre : Attorney and client
File Size : 86. 22 MB
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Think Like A Lawyer

Author : Edwin Scott Fruehwald
ISBN : 1627222227
Genre : Law
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The Jury And Democracy

Author : John Gastil
ISBN : 0195377303
Genre : Law
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Serving on a jury is a powerful experience. The Jury and Democracy is a ground-breaking study that shows how the process of deliberating and reaching a verdict transforms the lives of ordinary citizens. People who serve on juries are more active in civic life and vote more, and the authors examine a number of reasons why this is so. In an era when involved Americans are searching for ways to inspire their fellow citizenry, this book offers a plausible and realistic path for turning passive spectators into active political participants.

Rebellious Lawyering

Author : Gerald P. López
ISBN : 0813385601
Genre : Law
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Public interest law practiced on behalf of the "disempowered" has always appealed to the most idealistic of lawyers. Too often, however, the well-intentioned efforts of activist lawyers working within low-income communities have not been effective. In this brilliant study of the practice of public interest law, Gerald Lopez argues that these failures can be traced to the inability of activist lawyers to shake off the tacit assumptions of their own legal culture. Their deeply ingrained views on the practice of law ultimately tend to reinforce rather than to alter the conditions they had hoped to change. Weaving his argument around constructed illustrative accounts--scenarios based on years of observation and experience--Lopez builds a powerful case that progressive lawyering demands rethinking of the practice of law, the needs of the community, and the relationship between the two. Elegantly written and combining personal testimony with analytic power, Rebellious Lawyering is certain to become an instant classic. It is essential reading not only for progressive lawyers but also for policymakers, social workers, community organizers, public health officials, and indeed anyone who desires to make a difference in the lives of oppressed people in their communities.

Corruption In America

Author : Zephyr Teachout
ISBN : 9780674050402
Genre : History
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When Louis XVI gave Ben Franklin a diamond-encrusted snuffbox, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to corrupt him by clouding his judgment. By contrast, in 2010 the Supreme Court gave corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Zephyr Teachout shows that Citizens United was both bad law and bad history.

Our Guys

Author : Bernard Lefkowitz
ISBN : 0520918037
Genre : Social Science
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It was a crime that captured national attention. In the idyllic suburb of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, four of the town's most popular high school athletes were accused of raping a retarded young woman while nine of their teammates watched. Everyone was riveted by the question: What went wrong in this seemingly flawless American town? In search of the answer, Bernard Lefkowitz takes the reader behind Glen Ridge's manicured facade into the shadowy basement that was the scene of the rape, into the mansions on "Millionaire's Row," into the All-American high school, and finally into the courtroom where justice itself was on trial. Lefkowitz's sweeping narrative, informed by more than 200 interviews and six years of research, recreates a murky adolescent world that parents didn't—or wouldn't—see: a high school dominated by a band of predatory athletes; a teenage culture where girls were frequently abused and humiliated at sybaritic and destructive parties, and a town that continued to embrace its celebrity athletes—despite the havoc they created—as "our guys." But that was not only true of Glen Ridge; Lefkowitz found that the unqualified adulation the athletes received in their town was echoed in communities throughout the nation. Glen Ridge was not an aberration. The clash of cultures and values that divided Glen Ridge, Lefkowitz writes, still divides the country. Parents, teachers, and anyone concerned with how children are raised, how their characters are formed, how boys and girls learn to treat each other, will want to read this important book.

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