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Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture
Marc Galanter
0299213501
September 2005
Hardcover
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Review
“A tour de force. . . . THE classic collection of lawyer jokes and analysis.”—Alan Dundes, University of California, Berkeley

Book Description
What do you call 600 lawyers at the bottom of the sea? Marc Galanter calls it an opportunity to investigate the meanings of a rich and time-honored genre of American humor: lawyer jokes. Lowering the Bar analyzes hundreds of jokes from Mark Twain classics to contemporary anecdotes about Dan Quayle, Johnnie Cochran, and Kenneth Starr. Drawing on representations of law and lawyers in the mass media, political discourse, and public opinion surveys, Galanter finds that the increasing reliance on law has coexisted uneasily with anxiety about the “legalization” of society. Informative and always entertaining, his...


Storm Track
Margaret Maron
0446609390
May 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
When it comes to the weaving of tangled webs, you'll find none finer nor more deceptive than those on the loom of Margaret Maron's Storm Track, the seventh entry in her critically acclaimed Judge Deborah Knott mystery series.

Colleton County, North Carolina, is home to Judge Knott, her moonshining daddy (the series opener, 1992's Bootlegger's Daughter, swept the Edgar Allen Poe, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards in unprecedented fashion), and more brothers and cousins than hairs on a big dog's back. Likable young lawyer Jason Bullock lives there too, as does his lovely and--unbeknownst to him--extraordinarily unfaithful wife--an awkward situation all around, which turns even more so when she turns up dead in a local motel, wearing little more than whimsy and a wink:

"Who would kill her, Reid?"

"Hell, I don't...



In America's Court: How a Civil Lawyer Who Likes to Settle Stumbled into a Criminal Trial
Thomas Geoghegan
1565847326
July 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Geoghegan, a civil litigator specializing in employment cases, wangled an invitation from a public defender to help represent a young man named Rolando, accused of felony murder. About half of the resulting book tells the story of Rolando's trial. The accused was 15 years old when he took part in the robbery of a bar in which a bar patron was shot to death. His first trial resulted in a conviction that was later reversed on appeal. Now, seven years later and with Geoghegan assisting in the defense, the retrial begins. The author captures the bewilderment of a neophyte caught up in the arcane rituals of criminal procedure, from the obscure instincts guiding jury selection, to sweating out the jury's deliberations, to the exhilaration of the ultimate acquittal. Blended in with the author's account of the trial are...


In America's Court: How a Civil Lawyer Who Likes to Settle Stumbled into a Criminal Trial
Thomas Geoghegan
1565848179
July 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Geoghegan, a civil litigator specializing in employment cases, wangled an invitation from a public defender to help represent a young man named Rolando, accused of felony murder. About half of the resulting book tells the story of Rolando's trial. The accused was 15 years old when he took part in the robbery of a bar in which a bar patron was shot to death. His first trial resulted in a conviction that was later reversed on appeal. Now, seven years later and with Geoghegan assisting in the defense, the retrial begins. The author captures the bewilderment of a neophyte caught up in the arcane rituals of criminal procedure, from the obscure instincts guiding jury selection, to sweating out the jury's deliberations, to the exhilaration of the ultimate acquittal. Blended in with the author's account of the trial are...


Politically Incorrect Jokes from the Net
Phillip G. Adams
0285634453
March 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
The very best and worst of jokes from around the globe are contained in this compendium of completely irreverent humor gathered from the Internet. This book contains hundreds of the funniest and most scandalous jokes that are traveling the information superhighway-and none of them honor the current doctrine of political correctness. These jokes don't even flirt with good taste-they are racist, sexist, blasphemous, and hilarious! Not just Internet humor, some of the topics included are Dumb and Dumber, Intersex, and Lawyers and Other Criminals.

About the Author
Phillip Adams is a filmmaker, broadcaster, and columnist. Patrice Newell is a television journalist.


Storm Track
Margaret Maron
0892966564
August 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
When it comes to the weaving of tangled webs, you'll find none finer nor more deceptive than those on the loom of Margaret Maron's Storm Track, the seventh entry in her critically acclaimed Judge Deborah Knott mystery series.

Colleton County, North Carolina, is home to Judge Knott, her moonshining daddy (the series opener, 1992's Bootlegger's Daughter, swept the Edgar Allen Poe, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity awards in unprecedented fashion), and more brothers and cousins than hairs on a big dog's back. Likable young lawyer Jason Bullock lives there too, as does his lovely and--unbeknownst to him--extraordinarily unfaithful wife--an awkward situation all around, which turns even more so when she turns up dead in a local motel, wearing little more than whimsy and a wink:

"Who would kill her, Reid?"

"Hell, I don't...



Where There's Life, There's Lawsuits: Not Altogether Serious Ruminations on Law and Life
Jeffrey Miller
1550225014
March 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This entertaining look at the tragicomic side of law combines case histories of unusual lawsuits with revealing essays to explore the quirky, funny, and often bizarre side of the law that the public rarely hears about. Property law, intellectual property, defamation, and criminal law are chronicled to study the intersection of law and the human condition, covering a wide range of legal history. Revealed are why Robin Hood's merry men "couldn't have been very merry," and whether a family can get compensation for "lost property" if someone misplaces cremated remains.

About the Author
Jeffrey Miller is a former litigation lawyer and a columnist for The Lawyers' Weekly. He is the author of Street Talk: The Language of Coronation Street, Naked Promises, and The Law of Contempt in...

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