America’s latest bout of high-profile political and celebrity scandals presents a disgusting trend growing more and more common in American society – our willingness to completely ignore the victim.
Recently, I watched The Problem, testimony of the Saharawi people, a documentary about the situation in the occupied territory of Western Sahara. This Spanish documentary, realized by Jordi Ferrer and Pablo Vidal, shows us the repression of the Saharawi people by the Moroccan security force and includes victim testimony about repression.
When we think of deviant people, we think of teenagers dying their hair purple and piercing their bodies in all sorts of provocative ways that make our parents tremble and count their blessings we only turned out to be moderately disappointing.
Here’s the video of Forum Director Thane Rosenbaum on C-Span. He’s attending the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction banquet at the National Press Club. This year’s winner was John Grisham, the author who wrote “A Time To Kill,” which was screened at the Forum’s inaugural film festival.
This year’s Forum Film Festival was a great success. To read about it, check out this coverage in a number of the country’s top publications:
The Economist on “Too Big To Fail.”
The New York Times’ Dealbook on “Wall Street.”
The New York Law School’s Law and Journalism Blog on “Kramer vs. Kramer”
The Forward and The Tablet on “Daniel.”
Capital on “Absence of Malice.”
By Jacqueline P. McMahon Many people don’t know this, but there are two paths to achieving a successful legal career: law school and apprenticeships. In the past, apprenticeships were the norm for obtaining a career as a practicing attorney. The apprentice would be required to work for a number of years under his mentor until he was deemed qualified. This type of work was often referred to as law office study. Some of our most famous legal and political figures, including Abraham Lincoln, chose the path of hands-on study, instead of the attending law school. Today, seven states still recognize the apprentice model of legal education: California, Maine, New York, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. While some of these states have additional requirements for apprenticeships, for example, New York permits law office study only after the successful completion of one year at an ABA accredited law school, others have no
Fritz Lang’s M is a murder-mystery thriller starring Peter Lorre (also well-known for his role in Casablanca). A city unites in the search of a child murderer, and police and mobsters run concurrent investigations to bring the man to justice.
In 1979, Kramer v. Kramer largely introduced America to the broader cultural experience of custody cases. With these words Thane Rosenbaum, the director of the Forum Film Festival, begins tonight’s discussion of this powerful film.
The interplay between the media, the law and the public has become the norm. Just look at the O.J. Simpson trial, the Watergate scandal, the Times Square bombing investigation, the Casey Anthony trial and many others. “Absence of Malice” depicts the “chain of manipulation” by the media, the law and individuals during the search for union leader, Joey Diaz’s killer.
Last week Raj Rajaratnam was sentenced to eleven years for insider trading. The longest sentence ever handed down for insider trading. His sentence is among a trend of harsher sentences for insider trading. The Wall Street Journal reports the average sentence is up a year from a 1.5 to 2.5 years.