Once a person decides that they want to write a novel, the number one rule they follow, is writing what they know J.K. Rowling grew up telling stories she had made up with her friends. At school, during lunch, her friends and she would take turns adding different parts to the same story. When she came up with the idea for Harry Potter, she had already had many years of practice at making up stories about magic. Ian Fleming went to royal military school, where he was placed on His Majesty's List for the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Later, he served in World War II where he worked in naval intelligence. Not long after that, James Bond was born. He simply wrote what he knew.
John Grisham was a lawyer. His books are about lawyers. Every book he writes is about lawyers, because that is what he knows.…… [Read More]
A Time to Kill was John Grisham's first novel, published in 1989. The novel is multilayered and complex, addressing the social and legal ramifications of institutionalized racism. Two racist rednecks, Billy ay Cobb and Pete Willard, rape and beat a ten-year-old black girl. ecalling a case in which a similar situation resulted in the white suspects being acquitted by a jury, the girl's father Carl Lee vows revenge and ultimately kills the two men. Carl Lee subsequently goes on trial for capital murder, and a team of attorneys represents him. Some of the lawyers have political motives, but most of them whom simply want to see Carl Lee vindicated. The trial tears apart the community of Clanton, Mississippi as Ku Klux Klansmen bubble to the surface to terrorize all who would support Carl Lee. Carl Lee's head lawyer Jake represents his client with aplomb, proving to the jury that…… [Read More]
A teenage girl from the hill family gives Luke his first exposure to sex, the sight of a naked female body, which convinces him that he has indeed grown up and is no longer a mere child but definitely on his way to becoming a man. He is also exposed to other events during this cotton season, including a murder, that peels away the layers of skin of childhood innocence and forces him to make choices that are difficult enough for adults, much less a seven-year-old. Luke also watches his family grow when their opinions of people they had once felt disdain towards changes as situations and circumstance leads them to a change of heart and attitude.
Although Grisham's gives the narration of the story to a seven-year-old, Luke presents it as an adult and though it is quite charming and touching to witness the family's daily plight, there is…… [Read More]
Painted House by John Grisham
The semi-skillful use of an unskilled child's perspective on racial tensions in pre-civil rights Arkansas
Contrary to the expectations that might be generated by the author's name, which virtually constitutes a 'brand name' of a kind of fast-paced yet moralistic legal thriller, A Painted House is narrated by a seven-year-old child, named Luke, and does not contain a single lawyer in its storyline. Rather than being set in the fast-paced world of corporate or criminal law and injustice, Grisham's setting for A Painted House is that of a farming community in the state of Arkansas during the early 1950's. However, the theme of injustice is still present, perhaps even more palpably than some of Grisham's more overt attempts at setting a pulse-pounding pace of events in the legal world.
This work of literature work begins in a rural setting, where the young narrator is picking…… [Read More]
In other words, did Grisham begin writing in order to reveal the innate ambiguities and machinations of the legal system - or were there other unrecognized facets and factors at play that led to this turning point in his life?
These questions become even more pronounced when we take into account his expressed views about his own writing. In many interviews, Grisham tends to assert that his literary work is not of a very serious or profound nature and instead of having any deeper social intentions his writings are essentially only meant to entertain. As he states in one interview:
I'm not sure where that line goes between literature and popular fiction...I can assure you I don't take myself serious enough to think I'm writing literary fiction and stuff that's going to be remembered in 50 years. I'm not going to be here in 50 years; I don't care if…… [Read More]
Turning it in as My Own
There are several reasons why I copied my friend Stephanie's essay on A Time to Kill by John Grisham and turned it in as my own. First, due to various academic and social commitments, I did not have sufficient time to read John Grisham's A Time to Kill and to complete my own essay on the book. While I should have utilized better time management skills so that I would have had adequate time to complete this assignment, I did not do so in this case. In order to prevent this situation from happening in the future, I will arrange my academic and social commitments in such a manner so as to enable me to have time to complete all of my assignments by their due date.
Next, I copied my friend's essay because I was afraid that if I asked for an extension…… [Read More]
Runaway Jury -- a 2003 legal thriller based on a John Grisham novel -- does not necessarily enhance the viewer's knowledge of the law, but it certainly offers an expansive view of one way of breaking the law. The film is concerned with the rise of the contemporary "jury consultant," most often used in large-scale consumer liability lawsuits such as the one depicted in the film. The legal case in Runaway Jury concerns the liability of gun manufacturers for deaths caused by their products: intriguingly Grisham's original novel dealt with similar liability cases regarding tobacco, common in the U.S.A. In the 1990s, but was altered for the screenplay. To a certain extent, this change indicates that Grisham's, and the film's, focus was never on the legal issue at stake in the actual trial. The real legal focus regards the thin line between "jury consultancy" and "jury tampering" that is demonstrated…… [Read More]
Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com are two of the most popular American-based online book vendors. While Amazon.com is by far more entrenched in the international book selling market, within North America, these two huge online retailers offer competitive prices and similar services. A direct comparison of ten best sellers can illustrate how these two major vendors: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon; I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe; The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth; The Broker by John Grisham; Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides; Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata; French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano; Blink by Malcolm Gladwell; and God's Politics by Jim Wallace. These books are not based on the New York Times best seller list. Therefore, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com list different titles as being best sellers. The reason for different books selling faster…… [Read More]
The issue of blanket denials for preexisting conditions is so egregious that it has become a national policy debate. In many cases, an insurance company can claim most anything to be preexisting, since both the legal lingual is relatively unclear and the medical proof for initial causality of disease is not precise. "The fine print differs from the larger political message. If a company sells insurance, it will have to cover pre-existing conditions for children covered by the policy. But it does not have to sell to somebody with a pre-existing condition. And the insurer could increase premiums to cover the additional cost" (Pear).
Conclusions -- Law is many things; a tradition, a tool of society, and an organizer. Just as with most tools, it may be used in various ways depending on the person using it. Specifically when dealing with issues surrounding medicine, the law is often imprecise, simply…… [Read More]
Kill directed by Joel Schumacher. Specifically it will explain the major components of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections) that are evident in the movie. This film is based on the life of a young trial lawyer in Mississippi, who defends a black man who killed the two white crackers that raped and tried to murder his young daughter. It is an interesting look at the court system in the south, and how flawed it can be.
All the major components of the justice system are evident in this movie. The police (both black and white) are evident during the arrest, the murders, and the trial, the courts are evident as the trial progresses, and corrections is evident when Brigance visits his client in jail while the trial continues. They work together to try to keep the peace and bring justice to the people throughout the film, and the…… [Read More]
Nora Ephron's Boston Photographs:
Do Pictures Tell the Most Important Part of the Story?
In "Boston Photographs," writer Nora Ephron makes a case supporting the decision by newspaper editors to print a photo trilogy showing the tragic moments leading up to the death of a young mother. At the time the photos were printed, in over four hundred newspapers across the nation, there was great controversy. eaders expressed in phone calls and letters to the editor. Some editors chose not to print the photos at all.
Ephron argued that since death is part of life, readers should not be sheltered from it. She asked why photos from fatal car accidents show the wrecked vehicles and not the victims. Mangled steel is worthless; a human life is priceless. Why not capture on film the loss of that which is truly precious?
The so-named "Boston Photographs" were taken in 1975…… [Read More]
TV Criminal Procedure
Fluffy, unrealistic, demeaning, biased against the routine nature of many of the professional activities that can be expected if one chooses a criminal justice career: This is what reviewers of television shows on law enforcement and the courts of say. But time and again, Hollywood returns to these formats to give the public the chance to love and hate the pursuit of justice. There is probably no way around this because the ends and means of criminal justice will always be in conflict, and that can make for good entertainment.
For the most part police and law enforcement personnel get the best representation as pursuers of right and security, except for when there is a bad guy from these offices, in which case the shows demonstrate how these people hurt their fellow good guys. Somewhat of a change has occurred by the making of more entertaining defense…… [Read More]
It is the case of a black person taking the law against a white one. This is a story of race conflict, drawn through violent circumstances that will emphasize the proportions of that eternal war.
The courtroom dramas, that display the ability of lawyers to argument, to bring details into light, convince jury of a point-of-view, justify facts and present evidence are a favorite topic in American film industry. The film version would have been void of density without the trial suspense.
The conflict of morality, the eternal battle of right and wrong that will not always agree with what is forbidden or allowed (is it illegal to kill a criminal, but is it right to do it if they deserve it?). And especially the moral conflict of the people that have the power to judge this kind of actions and need to stay objective even through very powerful beliefs…… [Read More]
The Watertown (MA) Family Network creates a community for mothers who may not have anyone to ask questions about their infants and toddlers. As the video's narrator stated, "There are no roadmaps to raising children." With the Network, which is free and provides resources such as a new mom support group, parents do not need to feel as if they are all alone with this rewarding, but challenging, job of raising a child.
Epstein (2009) suggests there are five types of family engagement: childrearing, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, and representing other families. A comprehensive family involvement plan can be developed by choosing several of these types.
In the church-based childcare center where I worked, as with the Watertown Network, staff helped parents who had questions about what they should do at home. This center was in a military community where many young mothers were away from their…… [Read More]
Project Management: The Essentials
The elevance of a Project Charter
A project charter is, in basic terms, a fundamental document that marks the initiation of a project. It outlines details such as the project's objectives and goals, duration, budget, deliverables and scope (Grisham, 2011). The lead project manager prepares the same, and the sponsors, by appending their signature to it, authorize him or her to undertake any activity that appertains to the project (Grisham, 2011). It is clear from this description that a project charter serves as a formal authorization of "the existence of a project and provides the project manager with the authority to apply organizational activities to project activities" (PMBOK, as cited in Grisham, 2011, p. 164). The absence of a project charter presents a number of risks and problems to the manager. These include high chances of project failure, impediments to authority, unnecessarily long decision-making procedures, difficulty…… [Read More]
Additionally, eston Smith's wife Susan Jones-Smith, was also a finance executive at the company, a further example of the incestuous relationships that characterized the financial leadership of HealthSouth. A failure of the company meant the failure in the financial future of the family of one's friends and spouses.
Another warning sign should have been the nature of the company's assets. The firm was able to conceal its financial shenanigans for so long from outside auditors because of its multiple and constant stream of acquisitions of a variety of inpatient and outpatient facilities. The nature of the acquisitions should have been a clear warning sign to be wary of HealthSouth's spiraling profits. The volume of transactions meant there was great difficulty in keeping track of the 'real' value of the different operations, despite the company's alleged revenues on paper.
Also, the existence of such superficial nods to ethical practices, such as…… [Read More]