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A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
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Jul 06, 11

Read in July, 2011

This book taught me a lot about the legal profession and the difficult life of a trial lawyer. The main character, Schlichtmann, did everything he could for his clients, a group of people in a neighborhood probably on the wrong side of the tracks, whose kids contracted leukemia at a rate fantastically above the norm (12 kids died of it, usually 4/100,000 people get it), due to industrial toxic waste disposal that seeped into their city water. There was nothing he could do about the fact that the judge was favorable to the corporate clients. Schlictmann sacrificed everything for this case and ruined his life over it. I guess the lesson was that life is so totally unfair with the advantages to the powerful and that you have to do the very best you can and get the best you can out of it.
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