All posts tagged: courts

Small Revolutionary Acts

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Heroes / Repairing the System

How does social reform happen?  History books tend to portray social reform as a tidal wave  that sweeps away an unjust and obsolete status quo, but I think reform is better understood as the  cumulative result of  individual acts of opposition to concrete injustices people encounter in their own lives. Only with hindsight can we  assess the importance of any one action. Even  an idle question posed  in a conversation between old friends might turn […]

The Judge Speaks Her Mind

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Book/film List / Legal Fictions / Repairing the System

The most interesting, yet distressing, person I have encountered this year is Judge Celia Day. Judge Day is a federal district court judge in Manhattan and one of the characters in Lawrence Joseph’s small classic Lawyerland, a “non-fiction novel” of interviews with lawyers in New York City. The book is fiction in that the names of the characters and the settings of the interviews are fictional in order to provide the interviewees “cover” to be […]