Controversy, Courts, and Community: The Rhetoric of Judge Miles Welton Lord

Synopsis

Explores how a famous trial court judge used rhetorical strategies to engage the public and the legal community in challenging the accepted views of the proper roles for the courts and the community in the pursuit of "justice." Analyzes the role of Judge Lord in stimulating public debate about some well-known and controversial cases and in doing so helps enrich our understanding of how trial court judicial opinions when clearly argued in plain language and dramatized effectively contribute to public perceptions and a fruitful discussion of the law, the courts, and their relationships to the community. The practical insights that this study offers will be useful to students, teachers, and professionals in law, communications, public policy, and American studies.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1995