The Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the survivors of one of the worst disasters in coal-mining history brought suit against the coal company--and won (Anglais) Broché – 6 mai 2008
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The real practice of law requires vision and courage, which this book amply illustrates. Stern and his team from Arnold and Porter took on the near impossible case, armed only with the real tools of our trade, the words and ideas that form the arguments that shape the law.
And yet this is not just the story of courageous plaintiffs' lawyers, it is about the truly great defense lawyers on the other side, in particular Zane Grey Staker, whose tenacity and command of the language and of his case, gave the A & P lawyers a great and fair fight, and of the United States District Judge, whose role was not only to provide each side with "the cold neutrality of an impartial judge" but who understood that proper case management plays a critical role in achieving substantial justice.
I have to admit, I was dreading reading this book, as the holidays were a sweet time to escape the stressful activities of law school. So when "Harold", our WonderBread/uptight, D.C., in the process of divorce, Napoleonic law professor assigned this reading, I was not too thrilled.
But once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. This is the story that makes good people want to become good lawyers.
The story is about a coal mining disaster, a preventable, mind-reeling, man-made disaster and how a dedicated attorney wades through the litigation process, extracting painful stories from the survivors, and skillfully uses hard work, pit bull clenched determination, the legal system and a little luck to persevere over a greedy, thoughtless, and culpable corporation. I hope those guys fighting Enron read this.
A great read, even if you have no legal aspirations and like a good, meaty story with a real-life happy ending.
One of my civil procedure professors required us to read this book before our first year of law school, because it does an excellent job of framing the issues that a lawyer might face. From that standpoint, it serves as a good teaching tool. From a social standpoint, I also believe that the book raises valuable questions about the legal system and whether it promotes corporates interests unless there is a firm like Arnold & Porter that is willing to step in and undertake this type of representation. Too often, there are attorneys who view mass disasters as an opportunity for themselves, rather than as the tragedy that they are for the victims. But, on a professional level, although I think that Mr. Stern did a good job of representing his clients, at the end of the book I wondered whether he was as successful as he thought he was. Certainly, his clients were better off than they had been before his efforts, but given the fact that his law firm earned more than $3 million from his efforts, did his 600+ clients fare as well as he thought?