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Lecture 20

01:790:340 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Cornell Law School, American Civil Liberties Union, Canadian English


Department
Political Science
Course Code
01:790:340
Professor
Jefferson Decker
Lecture
20

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Lawyers and the Environment
I. Lawyers and A Civil Action
A. Jan Schlictmann
1. plaintiff's attorney in the Woburn case. Main character
2. Graduate of Cornell Law School. Chases the cases that have a lot of risk that no
one wants, but in the end will have a lot of rewards.
3. Tort law, specifically personally injury
4. Politics- weary of big corporations, inspired by nun cases taking on the
government- wanted to protest at a building for welfare cuts, they were supporting
ppl on welfare. govt said the nuns couldn’t protest bc it was too clsoe to a capitol
building. S said that the nuns were protected by protest clause. Interested in civil
liberties, and marginalized ppl, like ACLU, not like Nixon
5. Doesn't handle money well-spends it on frivolous things "appear to be succesful
to actually be succesful"
B. Schlictmann, money, and the Woburn case.
1.S going into debt bc he is getting ppl to testify and tests to prove his case. S pays
for case out of pocket.
2. Plaintiff lawyers flip the bill for the case, and plaintiflff sign contingency. If the
plaintiff's win they collect 1/3 or 1/4 of the sum of money in addition to other fees
3. plaintiff's lawyer holds all the burden in the cae. if you lose, you have all that debt
that needs to be paid back
4. tools to manage large loans- bank secures the loan and sells loans to other places
C. Jerome Facher
1. attorney for Beatrice
2. instructor at trial practice at Harvard law school
3. advice to young lawyers- walk into court and object to crack the other person's
flow take away their confidence. Court's so heavily procedural, it wakes the person
up.
D. William Cheeseman
1. Main lawyer for Grace
2. famous around firm for not putting in excessive hours-works hard just not long
3. creative and talented lawyer- great at creating novel arguments and motions
4. graduated from Harvard law school
E. Personal conflicts, reasons for mutual resentment.
II. Environmental Change and Concern
A. Abundance of fish, birds, and wild mammals in New England at the time of European
colonization.
B. “Changes in the land”: marshes dry out, forests cleared for agriculture, water becomes an
energy source.
C. U.S. Industrial Revolution begins in New England mill towns, like Lowell, Mass.
D. Emergence of “conservationism” (early 1900s), attempt to conserve resources and natural
spaces.
E. President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09), President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45).
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