March 22

This chapter was all about lawyers and the adversary process and the main themes that I picked up on consisted of disagreeing with the way that lawyers are taught, and disagreeing with the way the system works.

The first work, The Ethics of Advocacy, was all about how lawyers do their jobs and what is expected of them. In it, it seemed that Curtis said that ethics are pretty flexible and that a lawyer's only concern is his client. That his client might perjure, or commit more crimes, but that the lawyer's only duty was to his client, not necessarily to the idea of justice.

The second work, The "Fight" theory versus the "Truth" theory, was examining the merits of both theories. the "fight" theory says that our system is basically an arena for fighting and the "truth" theory says that courts listen to both sides to find the truth in a situation. The author seemed to come to the conclusion that our legal system uses more of the fight theory and that this is detrimental to our system.

The third work, "I Have Nothing To Do With Justice", followed the life of Martin Erdmann, a highly skilled defense lawyer. This piece was a criticism of the idea of plea bargaining, using Erdmann as the cynical protagonist who points out our legal system's worst parts.

The last work, The End of Law, was a criticism of plea bargaining, arbitration, and other means of settling on disputes out of court. The author's theme was that "…privatization, obsucring [the law], and eradication…" (395) will eventually bring about the end of law as we know it.

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