Winter 2011

Rules to Live By

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Rules to Live By

Everyone lives by rules; some are actually codified or otherwise written down, but others are just understood and part of our culture. As lawyers, we live by more rules than most: substantive, procedural, ethical, and the more variable personal and professional rules that we set for ourselves. This issue is organized around rules—how to work within and around them.

We are all affected by unconscious biases that have developed over time.

In February 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which delegated to military commanders the power to relocate persons of Japanese ancestry living in the United States.

The idea is to destroy—credibility, confidence, demeanor. Rapid-fire, pointed questions to rattle.

Nearly all members of the jury thought former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich guilty. But don't for a minute think that this should be enough to condemn him.

The Arbitration, by the Greek playwright Menander, may be the first dramatization of a formal arbitration in western literature.


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