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A Civil Role Model The word civil carries a lot of weight The usage needs to be carefully considered when its 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 movies viewpoint is clear Travoltas character begins with a very lucrative malpractice law firm He continues to provide the court and his opponents with those little tricks
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