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    Vale Marvin Mitchelson (1928-2004): divorce lawyer to the stars
    Park, M. M. ( 2004)
    This item is an unpublished obituary noting the death of renowned publicity-seeking Hollywood celebrity divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson
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    Groundhog day, ..., again! [Review of the book Geographic information science: mastering the legal issues]
    Park, M. M. ( 2006)
    The disappointed reviewer concludes that this text is no better than the previous text by the author (also reviewed by the reviewer seven years ago in the Law Institute Journal). This latter book is much less expensive than the earlier one that carried a RRP of $215...Reviewer.
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    The Schiavo and Korp cases: Conceptualising end-of-life decision making
    SKENE, LOANE (Law Book Co., 2005)
    An incompetent, terminally ill patient can be viewed in two ways – as a person who is dying, when futile, life-prolonging treatment can be lawfully withdrawn; or a person with a disability, for whom a guardian must be appointed to decide about treatment. Terri Schiavo’s husband took the first view and her parents the second. Maria Korp was regarded as dying when treatment was withdrawn. The difference in conceptualising a patient’s situation is critical. Where a patient is dying, treatment can be lawfully withdrawn whatever the view of the relatives; they cannot require treatment to be continued. Where a patient has a disability and a surrogate decision maker is appointed, the focus is on what the patient would have wanted in such circumstances, so that the surrogate can act in accordance with the patient’s wishes. That deflects attention from the fundamental legal principle that whatever a patient or the relatives want, they are not legally entitled to demand treatment that doctors consider futile in the circumstances.
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    [Review of the book Take the witness! (a biography of Earl Rogers)]
    Park, M. M. ( 2008)
    This hard-to-obtain and out-of-print biography of the renowned Californian criminal defence advocate Earl Rogers is available from the internet. Rogers was the foremost criminal advocate and one of the most celebrated advocates of his period (the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century) and was reputedly the model for Earle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason. His meteoric career was shortened by his own character defects including alcoholism brought about by the pressures imposed upon him by his career and reputation. There is very little available biographical material on Rogers and this copy - scanned from an American public library and available from www.archive.org - is a valuable resource available to Australian readers given that neither the Australian National Library nor the Victorian State Library holds a copy of this work. In fact, none of the Australian law school libraries hold a copy of this book.
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    Undertaking research in other countries: National ethico-legal barometers and international ethical consensus statements
    Skene, L (PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE, 2007-02-01)
    Is it ethical for scientists to conduct or to benefit from research in another country if that research would be unlawful, or not generally accepted, in their own country?