We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more
Cover

Real Law Stories

Inside the American Judicial Process

Richard Brisbin and John Kilwein

Publication Date - December 2009

ISBN: 9780199733590

304 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $34.95

The only undergraduate text dedicated to the presentation of "real-world" interviews with lawyers, judges, and police officers

Description

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.

About the Author(s)

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

    Preface

    I. THE REAL WORLD OF LAW AND COURTS

    II. THE CIVIL JUSTICE PROCESS
    1. Perspectives on Personal Injury Lawyers: Paul Cranston and Dan Cooper
    2. Lawyer for the Middle Class: Deborah Pascente Lifka
    3. The Family Law Attorney: Scott Friedman
    4. The Lawyer in the Large Firm: Scott Himsel
    5. The Commercial Practice Attorney: Jeffrey M. Byer
    6. The Litigation of Intellectual Property: Earl Levere
    7. The Bankruptcy Attorney: Selene Mazur
    8. The Administrative Lawyer: Linda Rice
    9. Litigating for the Outsider and Disadvantaged: Robert V. Eye
    10. The Lawyer in Public Service: Anne M. Becker

    III. CRIMINAL LITIGATION
    11. City Police: Rita Peerenboom
    12. The Detective: Michelle Reichenbach
    13. The County Prosecutor: Traci Cook
    14. The Federal Prosecutor: David Godwin
    15. The Public Defender: J. Luis Guerrero
    16. The Lawyer for Capital Punishment Defendants: Cynthia Short

    IV. THE JUDICIARY
    17. The Judge of a Limited-Jurisdiction Court: Dan Hogan
    18. The State Trial Judge and Crime: Rick Saviagno
    19. The State Trial Judge and Civil Justice: Steven King
    20. The Federal Judge: Richard Stearns
    21. The State Supreme Court Justice: Larry V. Starcher

    V. HOW TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS AND GATHER LAW STORIES

    VI. REFERENCES