New Book Examines U.S. Legal System

Monday, October 1, 2007 - 01:00

Aspen Publishers has announced the publication of Whose Monet? An Introduction to the American Legal System by John A. Humbach. Providing an accessible orientation to the American legal system, Whose Monet? presents readers with the basic concepts of civil litigation by focusing on a lengthy dispute over the ownership of a painting. Aspen Publishers is part of the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business group.

Whose Monet? tells the story of the real lawsuit, DeWeerth v. Baldinger, drawing readers into the legal processby means of an engaging narrative. The book explores: the major events in a lawsuit; how the law is applied in a civil dispute; an introduction to common law and statutory law; the various courts and their interrelationships (trial/appellate, state/federal), and an examination of the lawyer's role in both its functional and moral dimensions, addressing questions such as: What do lawyers do? What does society legitimately expect lawyers to do?