University of Rio Grande Woburn Families US Judicial Process Case Discussion

POLSC 4310 University of Rio Grande Woburn Families US Judicial Process Case Discussion

POLSC 4310

University of Rio Grande

POLSC

Question Description

 

You will need to be concise, like a good lawyer, determining the essence of the situation(s) and what the readings REALLY mean.

Consider the implications of Chapter 6 and associated readings, paying particular attention to the Galanter piece and the theme from “Before the Law.” Think about the hurdles faced by ordinary people who, for whatever reason, find themselves in need of the help or the protection of the law. This may be the victim of domestic abuse or a victim of identity theft caused a major corporation’s negligence. They might be the family in a rural setting who, seduced by the promise of wealth promised by a drilling company find their only source of water polluted by a slurry of chemicals from the drilling operation or from hydrocarbon contamination from the oil and gas production the well creates. I want you to focus most intensely, however, on the situation(s) of the Woburn families in Harr’s A Civil Action. How do the readings (and video) relate to their plight? It might help you to return to our first meeting in July. Recall the systems analytic approach I suggested then. Apply the tools it offers here.

Required book: Murphy, Walter F., C. Herman Pritchett, Lee Epstein and Jack Knight. 2006. Courts, Judges, and Politics: and introduction to the judicial process6th ed. Boston; McGraw Hill. (required)