The Rule of Lawyers

Author: Walter K. Olson
Publisher: Truman Talley Books
ISBN: 9781429979085
Format: PDF
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Big-ticket litigation is a way of life in this country. But something new is afoot--something typified by the $246 billion tobacco settlement, and by courtroom assaults that have followed against industries ranging from HMOs to gunmakers, from lead paint manufacturers to "factory farms." Each massive class-action suit seeks to invent new law, to ban or tax or regulate something that elected lawmakers had chosen to leave alone. And each time the new process works as intended, the new litigation elite reaps billions in fees--which they invest in fresh rounds of suits, as well as political contributions. The Rule of Lawyers asks: Who picks these lawyers, and who can fire them? Who protects the public's interest when settlements are negotiated behind closed doors? Where are our elected lawmakers in all this? The answers may determine whether we slip from the rule of law to the rule of lawyers.

Business Ethics

Author: Archie B. Carroll
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317827635
Format: PDF, Kindle
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These readings grew out of the author's monthly column on business ethics in the business section of the Athens Banner-Herald newspaper. Written in an open and engaging style, the book features topics that are timely, each followed by several thought provoking discussion questions. The book includes readings on the current financial crisis in order to challenge today's students to confront the economic reality in which they will have to live. An excellent addition to any Business Ethics course.

Lawyers and Regulation

Author: Patrick Schmidt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139444644
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This book is a close study of lawyers who practise occupational safety and health law in the United States, using detailed interview and survey data to explore the roles that lawyers have as representatives of companies, unions, and OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Placed in the context of evolving understandings of regulatory politics as a problem of public-private interaction and negotiation, the book argues that lawyers adapt to multiple roles in what prove to be highly complex settings. The core chapters examine stages of the administrative process where various groups attempt to shape the immediate outcomes and the development of OSHA law. These stages include administrative rulemaking, post-rulemaking litigation of government standards, regulatory enforcement, and compliance counseling by lawyers.

The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government

Author: Donald P. Haider-Markel
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191611964
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government is an historic undertaking. It contains a wide range of essays that define the important questions in the field, evaluate where we are in answering them, and set the direction and terms of discourse for future work. The Handbook will have a substantial influence in defining the field for years to come. The chapters critically assess both the key works of state and local politics literature and the ways in which the sub-field has developed. It covers the main areas of study in subnational politics by exploring the central contributions to the comparative study of institutions, behavior, and policy in the American context. Each chapter outlines an agenda for future research.

Access to Justice

Author: Deborah L. Rhode
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195349474
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Equal Justice Under Law" is one of America's most proudly proclaimed and widely violated legal principles. But it comes nowhere close to describing the legal system in practice. Millions of Americans lack any access to justice, let alone equal access. Worse, the increasing centrality of law in American life and its growing complexity has made access to legal assistance critical for all citizens. Yet according to most estimates about four-fifths of the legal needs of the poor, and two- to three-fifths of the needs of middle-income individuals remain unmet. This book reveals the inequities of legal assistance in America, from the lack of access to educational services and health benefits to gross injustices in the criminal defense system. It proposes a specific agenda for change, offering tangible reforms for coordinating comprehensive systems for the delivery of legal services, maximizing individual's opportunities to represent themselves, and making effective legal services more affordable for all Americans who need them.

Judging the lawyers

Author: Ted Preston
Publisher: Iuniverse Inc
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Almost everyone in the United States is familiar with criticisms of lawyers and their handling?or mishandling?of the civil justice system. The relationship between the American public and lawyers is vital, yet often misunderstood. What are we to make of the paradox of increasing dependence on attorneys and criticism of them to the point of disrespect? More importantly, do they really deserve this condemnation?InJudging the Lawyers: A Jury-Box View of the Case Against American Lawyers, author Ted Preston discusses the realities of lawyers? practices and their vast benefits to society to make his point that critical but balanced assessment of attorneys and the civil justice system is essential. Using a trial format that balances both sides of the argument,Judging the Lawyersis a vehicle for exploring the case for and against lawyers and for examining the causes of the tensions between the bar and the public.Preston invites you to stand in the position of a juror and gives you the opportunity to actively think through each issue.Judging the Lawyerscan help you better understand lawyers and their operation of our civil justice system.

Law and Society

Author: Steven Vago
Publisher: Pearson College Division
Format: PDF
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Law and Society 9th edition provides an informative, balanced and comprehensive analysis of the interplay between law and society. This text presents an overview of the most advanced interdisciplinary and international research, theoretical advances, ongoing debates and controversies. It raises new levels of awareness on the structure and functions of law and legal systems and the principal players in the legal arena and their impact on our lives.