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Reaction/Analysis Papers

LES 407 Fall 1997





For all for reaction analysis papers, remember to follow the directions in the syllabus and (where they don't conflict) the General Guidelines for Papers.


Paper #1 (Due September 15)

Resources

With Justice For None: Destroying an American Myth. Gerry Spence, 1990
(Part I and at least one chapter in Part II)

Newspaper and other news sources

Write a paper (1000-1500 words) in which you:

1. Briefly describe in no more than 300 words what Spence is trying to accomplish in Part I. For example, what would you say to someone who asked you what this part of the book is about?

2. Evaluate Spence's proposed solutions to the legal system's problems in at least one chapter in Part II. Using specific examples from the text, clearly indicate how you agree and/or disagree, and why.

Throughout the paper:

  • Take into account your own experiences and background and class discussion in this and other courses.
  • Incorporate into your discussion at least one news article that supports or refutes one or more issues raised by Spence in Part I. Attach the article to your paper.


Paper #2 (Due October 6)

Resources

A Crime of Self-Defense: Bernhard Goetz and the Law on Trial. George P. Fletcher, 1988.

Library or World Wide Web

Write a paper (1000-1500 words) in which you incorporate the following two parts:

1. Many people who hear about the Goetz case as presented in Chapter 1 make a quick judgment about whether or not Goetz should be found guilty, yet other people are not sure. How does the material presented in Chapters 2-4 either complicate or simplify your own initial assessment of whether or not Goetz should be found guilty? In your essay, explain what you now think the test of self-defense should be, and why.

2. Update the story of Bernhard Goetz: Briefly describe what happened (both criminally and civilly) since the events described in the book and explain the degree to which your approve or disapprove of these developments. Cite all sources appropriately.

 


Paper #3 (Due November 10)

Resources

Terrifying Love: Why Battered Women Kill and How Society Responds. Lenore E. Walker, 1989.

Library, World Wide Web, or other resources

In a paper of 1000-1500 words, explain what you think the law should do when battered women kill their abusers.

As part of your response, answer these questions:

1. Do you think self-defense is an appropriate defense? In addition to Walker's discussion, take into account Fletcher's discussion of self-defense in the Bernhard Goetz book.

2. Do you agree or disagree with Walker's proposals for change in the legal system?

3. Based on outside resources you have discovered, is Walker's book now outdated?


Paper #4 (Due December 3)

Resources

Total Justice. Lawrence Friedman, 1985

Newspaper, World Wide Web, or other sources

Write a paper (1000-1500 words) in which you:

1. Briefly describe Friedman's view of whether there is "too much law."

2. Taking into account your own experiences and background and class discussion in this and other courses, explain how Friedman is right and/or wrong. What changes would you make in the law to resolve the problems you identify?

3. Incorporate into your discussion at least one news article that supports or refutes one or more issues raised by Friedman. Attach the article to your paper.

Remember to follow the directions in the syllabus and (where they don't conflict) the General Guidelines for Papers.


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