Real Law Stories Inside the American Judicial Process

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-31
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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An ideal supplement to texts on judicial processes, Real Law Stories: Inside the American Judicial Process is the only undergraduate text dedicated to the presentation of "real-world" interviews with lawyers, judges, and police officers. Each law professional describes his or her job across a range of legal activities and offers insights into the legal process in the United States. Rather than focusing on exceptional or famous cases, authors Richard A. Brisbin Jr., and John C. Kilwein examine the routine, day-to-day functions of lawyers, courts, and the law in personal injury, divorce, employment relations, real estate, and commercial practice; criminal justice; and the appellate process. This "real-world" approach helps students to grasp how law operates in the everyday world while encouraging them to look beyond the mass media's negative portrayals of lawyers, police, and litigants. In order to teach students how to conduct interviews, the authors provide succinct explanations of the judicial process, define legal terms, and provide references for further study.

Author Biography

Richard A. Brisbin Jr., is Associate Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University.
John C. Kilwein is Associate Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University.

Table of Contents

The Real World of Law and Courts
The Civil Justice Process
Perspectives on Personal Injury Lawyers
Lawyer for the Middle Class
The Family Law Attorney
The Lawyer in the Large Firm
The Commercial Practice Attorney
The Litigation of Intellectual Property
The Bankruptcy Attorney
The Administrative Lawyer
Litigating for the Outsider and Disadvantaged
The Lawyer in Public Service
Criminal Litigation
City Police
The Detective
The County Prosecutor
The Federal Prosecutor
The Public Defender
The Lawyer for Capital Punishment Defendants
The Judiciary
The Judge of a Limited-Jurisdiction Court
The State Trial Judge and Crime
The State Trial Judge and Civil Justice
The Federal Judge
The State Supreme Court Justice
How to Conduct Interviews and Gather Law Stories
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