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NCJ Number: 99352 Find in a Library
Title: Judicial Politics - An Introduction
Author(s): J R Corsi
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 316
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Sale Source: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book on the internal politics of the legal profession addresses law school admissions and teaching methodologies; stratification and discrimination within the profession; judge selection; the economic realities of dispute resolution; and influences on judicial decisions, with particular attention to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Abstract: The book traces the history of the law school in the United States and the rise of academic training over the apprentice route to the bar. Also discussed are the law schools' hierarchical tiering, their traditional discrimination against women and minorities, and the socialization resulting from the law school experience. Profiles of the Wall Street attorney, the Washington bar, private criminal attorneys, and black lawyers illustrate identifiable subgroups within the profession. Also examined are the organized bar as a professional association devoted to its members' interests, the pervasiveness of politics in the recruitment and selection of judges as exemplified by Federal and State selection schemes, and the complex organization of State courts. The book describes processes which settle cases outside of court and the legal assistance available to corporate clients, the poor, and the middle class. To illustrate the extent to which the U.S. Supreme Court is capable of entering the public policy arena, attention is focused on its role in public school desegregation, prayer in the public schools, the exclusionary rule in criminal justice, and the reapportionment of State legislatures. Footnotes and an index are provided.
Index Term(s): Attorneys; Judge selection; Law schools; Political influences; Subculture theory; US Supreme Court decisions
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