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February 11, 2008Short Essay #1A Civil ActionA Civil Actionis a movie about a civil law suit that originated in Woburn Massachusetts,but the movie, combined with Marc Galanter, shows the downfalls of our legal system and howthey can be rectified. Marc Galanter proposes in “Why the ‘haves’ Come out Ahead:Speculations on the Limits of Legal Change” that repeat players, the major corporations, havedefinitive advantages in comparison to one-shotters, people who do not have much experience inthe courts.InA Civil Action, eight families wish to file a law suit against an unknown party to takeresponsibility for the wrongful deaths of their children. Therefore, according to Galanter theClaimant are the families, and because they have no true experience with the legal system theyfall into the category of a “one-shotter”. Galanter states that one-shotters should hire lawyersbecause “parties who have lawyers do better” (85). Therefore, the families employ a lawyer, JanSchlichtmann. Galanter also informs his audience that lawyers who tend to represent one-shotters are of the “lower echelon” (85) and tend to have little respect among the profession.Also, Lawyers that represent one-shotters that do not have the financial means, such as the eightfamilies, tend to only get paid if they win the case; therefore, they are operating on very limitedmeans in comparison to the seeming limitless costs of litigation which is a direct result of the

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Spring
Professor
Holmes
Tags
Law, civil action, Marc Galanter, repeat players, repeat player

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