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Table of Contents -

+ Legal Systems & Dissimulation...
+ Legal Education & The Proliferation of Sin
+ Perjury : a Crime but not a Tort ... Why?
+ Lawyers in other Occupations & in Government
+ The Inquiry System & The British System
+ The Lawyer's Place in society ... then and now
+ Barriers to Change & The Path to Reform
+ The Cost of Civil Litigation Here and Abroad
+ Specific Reforms to Help the U S Legal System
+ Warnings about Political Organizing & Election Reporting
+ Why Lawyers are so Attracted to Politics
+ Of Lincoln, Lawyers, & the Proliferation of Parties
+ Steps the Individual might take Toward Reform
+ Should Priests (or Lawyers) Serve as Political Leaders?
+ Proper Appellate Court Procedures Check Trial Court Errors
+ The Adversary System Makes Perjury Somewhat More Likely
+ Clinton's Polling Numbers Reveal a Troubled Legal System
+ The Lawyer's Mentality Shapes America's Regulatory Approach
+ Will Lawyers Gain Admittance to Heaven?
+ Are Lawyers and Judges America's Aristocracy? True or False?... a long essay
+ Legalistic, Multicultural Societies v. Religious, Traditional Societies
+ Why so many laws - Changing so often and In Conflict with each other?
+ Missouri v. Jenkins and Bush v. Gore violate traditional American values
+ "Loser Pay" is a Partial Solution to the Frivolous Lawsuit Problem
+ Lawyers Play Major Role in Corporate Accounting Scandals
+ Traficant Case Points Up Corrupt Legal Process
+ Why Does America's Criminal Justice System Get Bad Results So Often?
+ Beware! Your own lawyer may put the "settlement squeeze play" on you!
+ The Well Structured, Frivolous Lawsuit is Awesome
+ Information Systems Specialists Might Re-Design the Legal System
+ Of Settlements, Confidentiality Agreements, and Informal Societal Controls
+ The Indirect Cost of Civil Litigation to the U.S. Economy
+ Is It Time for Legal Reform? - a long essay
+ Thomas Jefferson and Robert Bork Register Deep Concern about Appallate Court Decisions
+ Is a Minimally Acceptable "Rule of Law" Found in the U.S.?- a long essay
+ Martha Stewart ... a Victim of Selective Prosecutorial Outrage
+ NASD Considers Ground Breaking Reforms in Dispute Resolution - a long essay
+ Of Thane Rosenbaum and Legal Arrogance
+ Medical Malpractice Shoves US Tort Processes Toward the European Model
+ Lawyer Lincoln was the Most Successful (or Least Successful) American President? - a long essay
+ Draft Letter to Supreme Court on Improved Criminal Procedures - a long essay
+ About John Roberts Remember - "If it's too Good to be True, It Probably Isn't True"
+ Economic Change Will Force The Adoption of a Civil Law Model for Most of America’s Disputes
+ Will an Archbishop Blessed with Great Fortitude Take on Missouri's Legal Reform Problem
+ The Memory of Witnesses Fads Waiting for the Adversary System to Get to Trial
+ Steven Pinker Says Language Works Poorly in the Adversary Legal System
+ The False Idea that All Injuries Must be Compensated
+ Sonia Sotomayor Lacks a Judicial Temperament
+ Smothering Regulation Will be the Death of the Small, Low Pressure Broker Dealer
+ Great Britain Implements a Bad American Idea
+ CATO Institute Hears Silverglate Speak about His Book
+ The Lawyer Heading FINRA Has an Idea that Would Benefit Bar Associations
+ Do Democratic Republics Need Unelected Decision Makers to Check their Elected Officials?
+ An Open Letter to Pres. Obama Concerning His Next Supreme Court Appointment
+ An Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren about her Next Job
+ Two Important Groups Have Overlapping Dysfunctional Characteristics
+ Wood, Dean, and Napolitano note Needed Flexibility in Judicial Thinking
+ Regulatory Excess is All to Common - Monitoring and Control Systems are Needed
+ Open Letter to Supreme Court Justices on Civil Procedure and the Rise in Immorality

+ Guest Articles
+ Should lawyers be legislators, too? ......by: John Stoeffler
+ Supreme Court decision Kennedy v. Louisiana made me ill ...... by: John Stoeffler
+ What It Means If You Believe That GOD Exists? ...... by: Joseph Flood
+ America 2013: Land of the "Free" and Sequestered ...... by: by Alan Hendrix, a pen name

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+ About the Author, Related Links, E-Mail, and Suggested Readings

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