A Civil Role Model Essay

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A Civil Role Model



A Civil Role Model


The word civil carries a lot of weight. The usage needs to be carefully considered when
it's entered into a sentence or a phrase. Civil means a wide variation of things. It can
be defined as a way to be observant of the forms required for good breeding. It can also
be a means to the needs and affairs of the general public. However, the latter of the two
definitions can also be stretched to include a definition of the private rights and the
remedies sought by action or suit. The point is that the word civil has a greater meaning
that has been embraced by our American legal culture. It is the premise that law is there
to serve the people and the lawyers are nothing more than mere guardians of law.

These are thoughts that were considered during the class viewing of A Civil Action. In
the proceedings of the case, there were many concerns that were brought up about our legal
culture. For example, was the quest for money so great that it clouds the goals of the
case? If the testimonies were that technical, was it fair for the Judge to cut the trial
at the point he did, with the questions he wrote? This does not even include the degrees
of separation that exist from the true story. Is what was depicted by speakers and the
movie and accurate representation of the case? However, the most important question is
whether or not the actions of the head counsel were done for the public good or in for the
lust for money.

The movie itself does raise a lot of questions. One of the more intriguing, is if the
drive of Jan Schlichtmann is money or duty? The movie's viewpoint is clear. Travolta's
character begins with a very lucrative malpractice law firm. He continues to provide the
court and his opponents with those little tricks that enable him to bring home the money.
However, is it always possible to maintain such a level of superficiality? In the
beginning of the movie, Schlichtmann tells Anne Anderson that the money from the deep
pockets of the companies will be the apology that they are looking for. He gives no
concern to their feelings and continues to proceed with the trail trying to get the large
lump sum of money. It was when he told her that money would be all the forgiveness she
would need a great injustice was done not only to Anne Anderson, but to the legal culture.
It was at this moment Schlichtmann was no longer a guardian of law. To begin with, a
civil action is action for the public good. Fiscal compensation for those who suffered is
not a public good. However, if you can ensure that such violations never occur again that
is a public good. That would be a civil action to help the general public and ensure their
rights in law and in providing a healthly environment.

In addition, Jan should have taken the opportunity in the meetings with Anne Anderson to
explain to her how money would have been the apology she was looking for. To begin with,
an explanation of what type of an apology she was going to get was in order. It should
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