PP3e Chapter 5 - M05_GOLD0000_00_SE_CH05.QXD 12/4/09 9:58...

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The aspiring paralegal professional must become familiar with American legal heritage, including how the law developed in this country over the centuries. This includes learning the historical and current sources of law of federal and state law. In addition, a professional paralegal should have knowledge of the Constitution of the United States of America and how it created the federal government, delegating powers to the federal government, reserving powers to the states, and pro- tecting us from unwelcomed government intrusion into our lives. A paralegal professional must have knowledge of the American court system and the process of judicial and non- judicial dispute resolution. A working knowledge of the civil litigation process, criminal litigation and procedure, and ad- ministrative law is a necessary part of a paralegal profes- sional’s education. Part II “Introduction to Law” provides the paralegal professional student with this knowledge. II PART Introduction to Law Chapter 5 American Legal Heritage and Constitutional Law Chapter 6 The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution Chapter 7 Civil Litigation Chapter 8 Criminal Procedure and Administrative Law M05_GOLD0000_00_SE_CH05.QXD 12/4/09 9:58 PM Page 175
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5 CHAPTER American Legal Heritage and Constitutional Law Chapter 5 Digital Resources at www.pearsonhighered.com/goldman Video Case Studies: Difference Between a Criminal and a Civil Trial A School Principal Reacts: Student Rights versus School’s Duty Confidentiality Issue: Attorney–Client Privilege Chapter Summary • Web Links • Court Opinions • Glossary • Comprehension Quizzes Technology Resources DIGITAL RESOURCES M05_GOLD0000_00_SE_CH05.QXD 12/4/09 7:29 PM Page 176
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Paralegals at Work LEARNING OBJECTIVES 177 After studying this chapter, you should be able to: 1. Recognize the professional opportunities for paralegals in the constitutional law area. 2. Define law and describe the functions of law. 3. Describe the fairness and flexibility of the law. 4. List and describe the sources of law in the United States. 5. Describe and apply important clauses of the U.S. Constitution. 6. Describe and apply the protections of the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the U.S. Constitution. 7. Explain a paralegal’s duty to avoid conflicts of interest. As a paralegal, you are working for a large law firm that specializes in handling constitutional law issues for clients. You work for Vivian Kang, a senior partner of the law firm. One day Ms. Kang calls you into her office and tells you that a new client, Mr. Hayward Storm, has retained the law firm. Ms. Kang asks you to sit in with her during an interview with Mr. Storm. Mr. Storm arrives on the day of the inter- view, and Ms. Kang, Mr. Storm, and you go into the con- ference room. Mr. Storm tells the following story: For more than
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