Law Stories

Law Stories

by Gary Bellow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472107186

ISBN-13: 9780472107186

Pub. Date: 11/01/1996

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

"War Stories" is the phrase used by academic lawyers to disparage the ways practicing lawyers talk about their experiences. Still, much of what matters about law eludes most academic writings. Perhaps, as a consequence, legal scholarship is awash in new methodologies designed to illuminate how law shapes and is shaped by its enforcers, interpreters, and those it…  See more details below

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"War Stories" is the phrase used by academic lawyers to disparage the ways practicing lawyers talk about their experiences. Still, much of what matters about law eludes most academic writings. Perhaps, as a consequence, legal scholarship is awash in new methodologies designed to illuminate how law shapes and is shaped by its enforcers, interpreters, and those it regulates. Celebrating "storytelling," books and articles for more than a decade have featured an array of stories, both fiction and nonfiction, reflecting various experiences with law and discussing the role of storytelling in conventional law practice. Still we have relatively few stories of the actual experiences of clients and lawyers in concrete legal contexts. Gary Bellow and Martha Minow in Law Stories have gathered a group of stories that answers this need. Law Stories is a body of narrative work which reflects multiple points of view, textured depictions of conventional practices and institutional cultures, and insights into how the legal workers and those affected by law make their choices, understand their actions, and experience the frustrations and satisfactions they entail. The essays in Law Stories are all first-person accounts of law problems and the way they were handled, written by lawyers involved in the problems.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472107186
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Series:
Law, Meaning, and Violence Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rita's Case and Other Law Stories1
Welfare Stories31
Maintaining the Status Quo: Institutional Obstacles in a Child Custody Dispute51
"We Are All We've Got": Building a Retiree Movement in Youngstown, Ohio77
What's Wrong with These Pictures? The Study of the Hammer Museum Litigation101
Public Defender, Public Friend: Searching for the "Best Interests" of Juvenile Offenders131
On Representing a Victim of Crime149
Daily Log of Independent Fieldwork169
On the Vision and Practice of Participation in Project Head Start197
Afterword: Constancies and Commonalities in This Volume's Law Stories219
Contributors231

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