Show Trials

How Property Gets More Legal Protection than People in Our Failed Immigration System

Non-Fiction - Gov/Politics
272 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2012
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Author Biography

Peter is an intellectual property lawyer and founder of One LLP, a preeminent copyright, patent, trademark, and entertainment boutique in Southern California. He is also an adjunct professor of law and Law Lecturer at the University of California, Irvine School of Law where he teaches a federal appellate clinic that takes pro bono immigration appeals.

Peter has received awards for his pro bono litigation efforts, including the 2002 Public Counsel "Advocate of the Year" Award and the 2006 USC Paul Davis Memorial Award. Some of the cases in Peter's book "Show Trials" were cases that he received these awards for

Peter is also the author of the Annual Book Chapter "Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents" for the University of California in one of its treatises. He has regularly published articles in local and national law magazines, and he regularly speaks to groups of artists, musicians, and business-people on intellectual property law.

Peter is heavily involved in local community work. He is a Founding Director of the Rock School Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping children in financial need attend Rock Music Schools and an organization that has been supported by renowned rock musicians. Peter was also the 2010-11 President of the Federal Bar Association of Orange County, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County from 2001-05, and a Board Member of the Democratic Foundation of Orange County from 2004 through 2009

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite

Author Peter Afrasiabi is an esteemed attorney who has witnessed many injustices, flaws and is frankly baffled by the differences between court systems. As a property attorney, things are cut and dried, equal and just. He sees the constitution being upheld as intended. When he trades to the immigration law arena, the regard for all that is true and fair goes by the wayside. Mr. Afrasiabi uses his own experiences -- true life case study -- to amplify the problem of property, a "thing", being protected better than human beings who are in harm's way. In a language that the common reader can understand, the author takes great strides to make the general public understand that there are holes in a system meant to protect and that something must be done to make it right. He uses Life, Liberty and Property as a solid platform to show us that our court system is somehow turned backward. In fact, our system will expend more energy saving a copyright than investigating the cause of an immigrant coming to our country illegally. Then, the same system that will bare its teeth to protect the ownership of say, a song, will deport the human back to a place where perhaps a death sentence awaits him due to crime or poverty.

I enjoyed this book very much as Peter Afrasiabi obviously writes from his heart, using his vast experience and own ethics as the guideline. He exposes the weakness of a system meant to protect. I applaud him for having the backbone to do so and sincerely wish him the best in all of his endeavors.