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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Williams, Mortimer and Sunnucks: Executors, Administrators and Probate

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The Lawyer-Judge Bias in the American Legal System


ISBN13: 9781107004757
Published: March 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00



Despatched in 7 to 9 days.

Virtually all American judges are former lawyers. This book argues that these lawyer-judges instinctively favor the legal profession in their decisions and that this bias has far-reaching and deleterious effects on American law.

There are many reasons for this bias, some obvious and some subtle. Fundamentally, it occurs because – regardless of political affiliation, race, or gender – every American judge shares a single characteristic: a career as a lawyer. This shared background results in the lawyer-judge bias.

The book begins with a theoretical explanation of why judges naturally favor the interests of the legal profession and follows with case law examples from diverse areas, including legal ethics, criminal procedure, constitutional law, torts, evidence, and the business of law.

The book closes with a case study of the Enron fiasco, an argument that the lawyer-judge bias has contributed to the overweening complexity of American law, and suggests some possible solutions.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
1. An ambient bias
2. The theory
3. Constitutional criminal procedure
4. Civil constitutional law
5. A short history of lawyer regulation
6. Current lawyer regulation
7. Torts
8. Evidence and civil procedure
9. The business of law
10. Enron's sole survivors
11. Complexity and the lawyer-judge bias
12. Rays of hope, ramifications and possible solutions.