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March 2002

 

 

Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda. New York: Human Rights Watch. DT450.435 .D45 1999

From the publisher: In 1994 a small elite chose genocide to keep power in Rwanda. They used state resources and authority to incite—or force—tens of thousands of Rwandans to kill the Tutsi minority. Within one hundred days, they slaughtered more than half a million people, three quarters of the Tutsi of Rwanda. The major international actors, France, the U.S., Belgium, and the U.N., failed to heed the warnings of coming disaster and refused to recognize the genocide when it began. They withdrew the troops that could have saved lives and made little protest against the genocide, lest condemnation lead to calls for action.

This study, based on Rwandan government records, dissects the deceptive discourse of genocide and shows how ordinary administrative structures and practices were turned into mechanisms of murder. It describes opposition to the killing campaign and how it was broken. In the words of survivors, it relates how they resisted and escaped. Using diplomatic and court documents, the study details the transformation of international indifference into tardy criticism. By showing how even feeble censure caused changes in the genocidal program, the study suggest what might have been the result had the world promptly and firmly cried "Never Again."

Also available online.

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The Network Inside Out. Annelise Riles. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. HQ1106.R54 2000

From the publisher: "Networks" and other artifacts of institutional life, such as documents, funding proposals, newsletters, and organizational charts, are such ubiquitous aspects of the information age that they go unnoticed to most observers of late modern society. In this new kind of work in the ethnography of legality, Annelise Riles takes a sophisticated theoretical approach to the aesthetics of such artifacts by analyzing the experiences of a group of Fijian bureaucrats and activists preparing for and participating in the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.

In describing and theorizing this aspect of transnational existence, Riles enacts a new ethnographic method for apprehending the network from the inside out. Working with the premise that anthropologists are inside the network—that they are producers, consumers, and aesthetes, not simply observers, of the artifacts of late modern institutional life—she produces a fascinating study of institutional knowledge practices and makes an important contribution to the anthropology of transnational phenomena.

Annelise Riles is Assistant Professor, Northwestern School of Law, and Research Fellow, American Bar Association.

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The Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Lawyer, 4th. Gary A. Munneke. Chicago: American Bar Association. KF297.M85 2002

From the publisher: a step-by-step guide for planning a law career, preparing and executing a job search, and moving into the market. Whether you’re considering a solo career, examining government or corporate work, joining a medium or large firm, or focusing on an academic career—this book is filled with practical advice that will help you find your personal niche in the legal profession. It’s perfect for students currently choosing a career path, or simply deciding if law school is right for them.

Also, this book is a valuable resource for legal career services professionals.

By reading this book you’ll:

• Learn how to analyze your skills

• Understand how to evaluate the market and rank your own priorities

• Discover how to "package yourself" for prospective employers

• Learn the best ways to research employers and build a network

• Find the ways to sell yourself and the best ways to reach a final decision

With this book you can make sure you make the right choices, make the best career decisions you can, and take the first step toward your future happiness.

Gary A Munneke is a Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law where he teaches Torts, Professional Responsibility, and Law Practice Management.

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Mediation: A Path Back for the Lost Lawyer. John R. Van Winkle. Chicago: American Bar Association. KF9084.A9V36 2001

From the publisher: Lawyers mired in long and costly litigation, under intense pressure to produce billable hours, may wonder if there is a better way. There is, according to a new book, Mediation: A Path Back for the Lost Lawyer.

John Van Winkle, the book's author, is a former trial lawyer turned full-time mediator. He is a former Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Dispute Resolution.

Van Winkle believes that changes in the legal culture starting in the 1980's have had a negative impact on the profession of law. One of the worst culprits, he says, is the system of billable hours; law firms are intensely focused on generating revenue, placing partners and associates alike under pressure. Van Winkle cites other negative developments, such as changes in evidentiary rules that dramatically increase time and energy spent in discovery and postpone the real evaluation of the merits of the case until the lengthy discovery period is over. Van Winkle says that the entire trial process resembles a long and expensive train ride—one that goes only where the tracks lead. By its very nature, the process often precludes a real "interest based" analysis of a client's problem, so much so that if a client obtains any relief that meets his real interest, it is probably only coincidental.

These cultural and legal changes have led to the abandonment of law as a profession and the embracing of law as a business. For the public, the consequence has been an erosion of their trust for lawyers; for the profession, it has meant diminished career satisfaction, and even a loss of pride in their work as lawyers.

According to the book, mediation and a focus on problem solving are not only viable alternatives to the trials, they also can "promote or act as a silent catalyst for a sea change in the way in which trial lawyers resolve disputes." Jerome J. Shestack, former President of the American Bar Association in his introduction to the work states, "John Van Winkle, is a convert from the cult of litigation to the religion of mediation. His writing is lucid, concise, sprightly, and blessedly without footnotes. For the novice, his exposition will educate and train. For the veteran, it will recall, highlight, emphasize, and solidify. For all of us his vision of the lawyer's role as the high priest of mediation inspires."

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Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo Lawyer, 3d. Jeffrey R. Simmons, ed. Chicago: American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section. Reserve KF300.F59 2001

From the foreword: Knowing the law is not enough to become a Top Gun. A successful lawyer must be able to manage finances, staff, clients, life out of the office, and technology in addition to knowing the law in order to become a Top Gun.

Flying Solo, Third Edition contains much new information to help the solo regardless of his or her length of time in practice and regardless of whether solo practice was chosen by choice or circumstance. Whether one is starting from ground zero, leaving a larger firm, or coming from a corporate or government position, the transition will be much easier with the help of the information in this unique compilation.

With more than 50 chapters written by more than 40 contributing authors, [Flying Solo] will take you on an exciting flight from the birth of a solo practice through the maturity of a solo practice to the end of a solo practice.

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