Law: Self-Help Model

Suing well is the best revenge

If you really want to get even, get a lawyer. Despite that standard advice against representing oneself in court, Mia Lancaster could find no lawyer whom she thought willing and able to press her charges against her former boyfriend. So she argued her own case. A Manhattan jury was impressed: it awarded her more than $1 million, which, so far as court house buffs could recall, seemed to be the largest damages ever won by someone representing himself.

Presiding Judge Joseph Modugno was impressed too. Said the judge:...

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