Famous Trials
by Douglas O. Linder (2014)
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY (UMKC) SCHOOL OF LAW

Trial of Socrates
(399 B.C.)

Gaius Verres
Trial (70 B.C.)


Trial of Jesus 
(30 A. D.)

Martin Luther
Trial (1521)
Trial of 
Galileo (1633)
Amistad Trials
(1839-1840)

  Hauptmann
(Lindbergh)
Trial (1935) 








Leonard Peltier
Trial (1977)



Ruby Ridge 
(Weaver) Trial (1993)


West Memphis Three
Trials (1994)


Clinton Impeachment
Trial (1999)










Memo to Critics (Purpose and Goals of Site)

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Exploring Constitutional Law

"Although law is one of the nation's best paid and most influential occupations, only about half of lawyers report being satisfied with their work. In this insightful and engaging book, Nancy Levit and Douglas Linder explain why. They comprehensively review the growing research on happiness to provide crucial insights about how lawyers can improve the quality of their professional lives. This book should be a required text for every law student, every law firm leader, and every practitioner who wants to find greater fulfillment in a legal career."---Deborah Rhode, Director, Stanford Center on the Legal Profession and author of The Beauty Bias
"In this important, insightful book, Nancy Levit and Douglas Linder have successfully unpacked the mystery of why so many lawyers seem to be living lives of silent desperation. In doing so, they offer many and varied paths to lawyer happiness. The Happy Lawyer's thoughtful analysis and practical prescriptions are a must-read for every lawyer, as well as for anyone considering attending law school."--Greg Castanias, Partner, Jones Day
"This superb work in an invaluable guide for a profession that, sadly, suffers from chronic unhappiness and lack of fulfillment. Like Harold Kushner's Living a Life that Matters and the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, this work offers clear, practical advice that can truly transform a person's life and career."--Robert Klonoff, Dean and Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School
"A pleasingly eclectic approach... brisk and lively reading." --Wall Street Journal
"Full of engaging stories and well-chosen historical examples, The Good Lawyer paints a remarkable portrait of the values, visions, and virtues that lawyers should aspire to, in good times and bad. At a time of upheaval in the legal profession, this book is most welcome." --Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law, Yale Law School
"Good lawyers are not fictional and they are not clichés. They are real people, with actual clients, meaningful law practices, and satisfying careers. The ideal may be hard to realize, but it is far from impossible. Douglas Linder and Nancy Levit have now provided us with an outstanding guide to achieving a rewarding life as a good lawyer. Every attorney, or aspiring attorney, should read this book." --Steven Lubet, Director, Bartlit Center for Trial Strategy, Northwestern University School of Law
"The very best lawyers, including those who fill the pages of our history books and those who quietly but effectively serve their clients every day, built their practices on much more than intellectual superiority and mastery of the law. Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit thoughtfully explore key characteristics that good lawyers share and, in the process, remind us why we became lawyers in the first place -- and why that matters now more than ever. The Good Lawyer is a must-read for law students and prospective law students, new lawyers, and seasoned professionals." --Karen J. Mathis, Past President of the American Bar Association (2006-07)
The Happy Lawyer (2010, Oxford Univ. Press)& The Good Lawyer (2014, Oxford Univ. Press)


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