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Law and Order reflects the complexity of the law, the broad range of subject matter that it covers, the many individuals affected by the questions raised within its purview, the individual and societal ramifications of such interactions, and the way in which language is used to sort out all those complications. There are no easy answers, but to recognize the complexity and paradoxical nature of the institution we call the law is crucial to operating successfully within it. Understanding the competing rhetoric used by those engaged in the legal process can help guide our decision-making, whether it is in deciding who to elect to create laws in our best interest or in determining our own courses of action in promoting causes we believe in, causes which most likely will involve legal issues and actions somewhere along the process.
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CHAPTER 1: The Rule of Law
Lon L Fuller, "The Morality That Makes Law Possible"
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States
The Bill of Rights
Sandra Day O’Connor, ‘We Need a Clear Set of Rules to Reaffirm Our Values as a Nation"
CHAPTER 2: The Stories We Tell: Law as Narrative
Bobby DeLaughter, Closing Argument: The State of Mississippi v. Byron De La Beckwith
The Supreme Court of the United States, DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services
Dennis Barrie, "The Scene of the Crime
Ohio Revised Code 2907.32, Pandering Obscenity"
Patricia Ewick and Susan S. Silbey, "Dwayne Franklin"
PBS Frontline, Interview with Captain Mike Gauldin
CHAPTER 3: When Law Comes to Campus
In the Supreme Court of the United States, Oral Arguments in Morse v. Frederick
Mark Walsh, "Ruling in ‘Bong Hits’ Case Seen as Leaving Protection for Students’ Free Speech"
Stanley Fish, "Clarence Thomas is Right"
Brendan O’Neill, "The Left Has Been Infected by the Disease of Intolerance"
Kevin Hoffman, "Students Say Hate Crimes Created Campus Unity"
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, “We Are All People” Forum
CHAPTER 4: Can My Avatar Serve My Sentence?: Real Laws in a Virtual World
Lawrence Lessig, "The Path of Cyberlaw"
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, "Google Contravened Canadian Privacy Law, Investigation Finds"
David Kravets, "Feds Demand Prison For Guns N’ Roses Uploader"
Government’s Position Re Presentence Report and Sentencing for Defendant in re US v. Cogill, aka, “Skwerl”
Defendant’s Position re Sentencing in re US v. Cogill
Phil Davis, "Second Life Avatar Sued Over Virtual Sex Device"
Daniel J. Solove, "Do Social Networks Bring the End of Privacy?"
CHAPTER 5: Reconsidering Laws: In Search of Global Values
Robert Draper, "Failing Nations: Why Things Fall Apart"
Fund for Peace, United States Country Profile, 2007
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Chinese (Mandarin) Translation
Anna Dolidze, "Burger Without Spies, Please: Notes from a Human Rights Researcher"
Philip K. Howard, "The Freedom to Take Risks"
Editors of Tikkun Magazine, "A Platform for Love and Generosity: Law & Justice"