It is important to say at the outset that this discussion about one case, O'Brien v. Cunard Steamship Co.1, would not have been as rich without access to the pleadings and trial record in the case. Too often we teach law courses as perspectiveless, adopting an analytical approach that consciously acknowledges no specific cultural, political, or class characteristics, but which is decidedly male, white and elitist. Today's law school classroom is more diverse both as to gender, race, and class, than ten or twenty years ago. This more diverse student body enters law school with life experiences and perspectives not fully reflected in our legal textbooks. A pluralistic approach means consciously choosing to structure my course to include multiple perspectives-race, culture, class, and gender. This is more than the traditional legal tool we teach students of seeing both sides of the issue.

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