Inspirational books

Take it from me: Life’s a Struggle but You Can Win

Authors: Erin Brockovich and Marc Eliot (buy)

Erin Brockovich, an environmental activist and legal clerk who many will know from the film “Erin Brockovich”, is highly regarded for her determination to succeed and for her commitment to the delivery of justice. Brockovich managed, without any formal legal training and in the midst of many personal obstacles, to build a case against a utilities company who had leaked a carcinogen into a Californian town’s water supply. The utilities company were forced to make a settlement payment of $333 million.

In this book Erin shares with the readers the motivational tactics that allowed her to overcome the odds and successfully help many people affected by environmental issues as a result of the leak. A remarkable success story which is sure to inspire.

Bleak House

Author: Charles Dickens (buy)

Bleak House, the novel considered to be one of Charles Dickens’ finest pieces of work, tells the tale of a number of different characters whose lives are affected by the unsatisfactory dealings of a long-standing inheritance court case.

The novel explores the problems that existed with the judicial system and went on to support a judicial reform movement, leading to the enactment of legal reform in the 1870s. This is a must read for those interested in the history of our legal system.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Author: Bryan Stevenson (buy)

A remarkable account of the young lawyer and social justice activist, Bryan Stevenson. Bryan tells his story from growing up poor and a victim to racial segregation in the American South, to co-founding the Equal Justice Initiative and using it as a platform to defend the poor and the unjustly prisoned.

This book focuses on one of Bryan’s first defendants, Walter McMillian, a black man who had been wrongly sentenced to die for murdering a white woman. Walter’s case was shrouded in conspiracy, political motivations and racial inequality and Bryan’s compassion and fearless commitment in the pursuit of justice is very powerful.

Environmental Law Stories

Authors: Richard Lazarus and Oliver Houck (buy)

This book tells a series of stories that echo the advancement and development of environmental law, from its creation to the more recent situation. The authors use a diverse range of characters to tell their stories which deal with the establishment, refinement and limits of environmental law. A must read for anyone with an interest in this field.

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