Michael E. Murphy retired in 2004 from the Faegre & Benson law firm in Minneapolis, where he was founder and senior partner of his firm's international business law practice. Before beginning his law career, Mr. Murphy taught in the English Departments at St. Olaf and Macalester Colleges. Mr. Murphy also studied French law and language at the Universite d'Aix-Marseilles. In addition to teaching our Law in Literature class, Mr. Murphy tutors immigrant children at the Linwood public school in St. Paul.
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|Description of course 866 :||This seminar will explore the law as a subject or theme in selected literary classics. Playwrights from Aristophanes to Robert Bolt (A Man for All Seasons) have used a court of law and the legal profession to help tell their timeless stories. Nineteenth-century novelists Charles Dickens and Fyodor Dostoevsky, and twentieth-century novelists Albert Camus (The Stranger) and Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird) have used the law as a themes as well. The seminar will compare the civil and common law systems as reflected in literature and will examine the evolution of the jury. Students will work in teams to write and present papers on topics of their choice.|