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Judicial Politics 24/01/2008 12:32:00 Most in judiciary trained as lawyers Soooo…. . LAWYERS Most lawyers not in court system Lots of laywers, big growth Jobs o criminal Judges Prosecutor DA, state’s attorneys Elected sometimes Defense Dregs Employee of govt No money Except white collar crime, OJ simpson o Civil Most cases are civil cases Judge Plaintiff(suer) Private lawyer on behalf of individual people
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The government (attorney general) Legal aid or private lawyer in class action Legal aid—system that provides limited amount of  aid for people who can’t afford it in civil cases Doesn’t really provide defense services o Because govt/big companies  is normally the one sued how do you sue when you’re poor??? Legal aiddddddd Legit claims no one else will take So yo, govt is funding programs to  sue itself so in 80s sued itself Class action lawsuit o Collective o Complicated to get court to recognize  “class” Must get certified by court Only lawyers benefit from this? Defendant(sued) Private lawyers Govt (attorney general) Two worlds o Corporate vs individual Corporate
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High income, prestige Civil law Larger practice Prestigious law school Individual Lower income, prestige Criminal law Smaller or solo practices Non-elite and local law schools o Lifestyle of a lawyer Billable hours Hw much $ can charge client for work you’re doing 50 or more hours per week hours you’re working on a case no personal lifeeee women are kind of screwed impossible to produce billable hours and  children(normal lifestyle) mommy track all in all, a depressing class
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24/01/2008 12:32:00 eaton 209 tufts in Washington contingency fee system instead of having to pay all legal costs, lawyer fronts  o allows people to file law suits w/o having to shell out money up front o if case successful, lawyer gets contingency fee usually around 1/3 of money reward up to 40% fee o good for strong cases o lawyer gets nothing if loses lawyer feels pressure to win push for settlement JUDGES Bill Clinton appointed 59 federal court of appeals judges Bush 56 who are our judges and from where do we et them? And does it make a difference what sustem is used to select them? We want them to be meritorious but coincide with our political views
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