The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group’s reading of Jonathan Harr’s A Civil Action. We hope they . 22 Sep In fact, it’s since become a valuable teaching tool for civil procedure professors. Jonathan Harr does an excellent job of providing a layperson’s. Free Essay: Jonathan Harr wrote a compelling novel, called A Civil Action, on the actual events of a thrilling court case involving two major corporations.

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Even when Harr does provide legal detail, he does so in a way that humanizes the struggle. Is res judicata —the principle that a judgment must remain once it has been decided in court, even in the face of new and conflicting evidence— a reasonable or an unreasonable principle? Aug 13, Nicole rated it really liked it Recommended to Nicole by: Angry about the extent to which powerful people will do everything to get around environmental laws, hopeful that there are decent people who will dedicate their lives to hqrr environmental justice at all cost.

It is easy to miss the lesson of this very interesting book. He put his Dmitri suits in the reception-room closet, his silk ties harrr Bally shoes in the closet bathroom. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

It’s an eye hagr account to the flaws in our legal system, especially the autonomy afforded to our courts – they seem to work in concert as a fraternity against Schlictmann late in the novel when the appeals process nears conclusion. Such an outcome is devastating to plaintiffs who count on the jury being swayed by human nature to err on the side of caution on the causation issue due to the obvious and civkl effects of leukemia on its victims and their families.


InSchlichtmann attempts to reraise the harr against Beatrice, but the judge dismisses the case, citing testimony from Beatrice’s soil chemist. Views Read Edit View history.

That is not the key point at all. Primarily, it is because the book focuses so strongly on the court case to prove that 2 large companies polluted the water supply of East Woburn This book intrigued me because 1 I enjoyed learning about the work of Erin Brockovich, and this sounded like a similar premise; and 2 my cousin was reading it for her Business Law class so I figured we could aaction it over Thanksgiving.

Being in trial, Schlichtmann once said, is like being submerged in deep water for weeks at a time. There are parts hard to read but it is great.

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

Being a defense attorney in similar tort suits, I probably should re-read this, particularly the parts about the Boston legal community.

We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate. Do the results jonayhan the Woburn case support that theory? Jonahhan times I couldn’t believe that such events were happening here in the US in ordinary towns. There’s a lot to think about here. Nicki Minaj — Queen 1 1 Aug 10, Do you find his emotional reactions to events reasonable, or too extreme? Jun 20, Gary rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m a print subscriber, link to my account Subscribe to comment Why do I need to subscribe?


This is a rhetorical technique known as the ” pathetic appeal ,” and many lawyers live by it. You know, there is a bright side to all this. As Harr describes it, does the jury selection process, and the role of the various lawyers within it, seem to be a good system that ensures an impartial jury? I have several clients I am outright proud to represent.

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No wonder it was so challenging axtion devastating for the prosecution. But ultimately, just like the Greeks inSchlictmann standing up against more powerful forces simply causes him to lose everything.

I would recommend it but with the caveat of being saddened by it. Brannen Brothers Flutemakers Monotype Imaging.

Ation grows suspicious as she notices for the first time that a surprisingly high number of children from the town of Woburn have contracted leukemia as well. Nov 24, Joyce rated it it was amazing Shelves: How important is jonathxn honor to each of them, in the face of possibly losing their jobs?

Really sheds light on the adverse effects of litigation on plaintiffs’ attorneys as opposed to Class Actionwhich sheds light on the adverse effects of litigation on plainitffs.