Law and Literature Review

A diverse and eager group of judges and educators met with Texas Judge Stephen B. Ables for a discussion of the short story “A Wasted Day” by Richard Harding Davis.  The story describes a day in the life of wealthy Wall Street banker Arnold Thorndike and his first real-life exposure to the criminal Justice system.  The story prompted meaningful discussion about the public perception of the criminal justice system.  Judge Ables said, “The test of a good law and literature session is ‘did all the participants get involved.’ ” Based on that standard, the session gets an A-plus.  In keeping with the theme of the short story, it was not a wasted day.”