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Lawyers for Justice - In much of Asia where poverty is widespread, the rule of law weak and human rights only starting to get traction, lawyers generally represent only the rich and powerful. Lucky Severson reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand on Bruce Lasky, a lawyer from New York who is working with law schools in Southeast Asia to set up pro bono legal clinics to help the poor and disenfranchised there. 12 Years a Slave - The powerful movie 12 Years a Slave, based on a true story of a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery, premieres this weekend. Deborah Potter interviews the film's director, the lead actor and Princeton Theological Seminary professor Yolanda Pierce, on how the Bible was used both to justify slavery and also to inspire slaves and abolitionists to work for freedom.

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