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Anyone who has been graduated from a law school has at some time during his student days heard the old maxim that the laws of France prohibit both the rich and the poor from sleeping under the bridges of Paris. The late Edmond Cahn devoted a large portion of his writing to trying to correct such thinking in the law. His essay on the consumer perspective is an eloquent plea for a reshaping of our jurisprudence from the viewpoint of those whom it seeks to serve--the individual, the ""Consumer"" of law. Confronting Injustice is a diversified collection of his writings which runs the gamut from scholarly pieces drawn from learned law journals to pieces prepared for the New York Times Magazine. We are at a stage in the development of legal thinking in the United States where dramatic steps are being taken to assure each individual that the law is his servant, not his oppressor. Law offices are being opened in storefronts to provide the poor with free legal service and recent decisions of the Supreme Court have extended the areas where it is mandatory that each individual be given legal counsel. Edmond Cahn's views on making the law responsive to community values are becoming realities and this book of essays is a valuable work for those who seek to understand the dramatic changes evolving in American jurisprudence.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1966
Publisher: Little, Brown