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Doing Justice
A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law
by Preet Bharara (Mar 19, 2019)
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By the one-time federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, an important overview of the way our justice system works, and why the rule of law is essential to our society. Using case histories, personal experiences and his own inviting writing and teaching style, Preet Bharara shows the thought process we need to best achieve truth an...
Charged
The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration
by Emily Bazelon (Apr 09, 2019)
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A renowned investigative journalist exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America's mass incarceration crisis, and also offers a way out.The American criminal justice system is supposed to be a contest between two equal adversaries, the prosecution and the defense, with judges ensuring a fair fight. But in practice, it...
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Rashad Robinson
Impeachment
A Citizen’s Guide
by Cass R. Sunstein (Oct 30, 2017)
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"Sunstein has written the story of impeachment every citizen needs to know. This is a remarkable, essential book." --Doris Kearns GoodwinAs Benjamin Franklin famously put it, Americans have a republic, if we can keep it. Preserving the Constitution and the democratic system it supports is the public's responsibility. One route the Constitution prov...
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Samantha Power
To End a Presidency
The Power of Impeachment
by Laurence Tribe (May 15, 2018)
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The history and future of our democracy's ultimate sanction, presidential impeachment, and a guide to how it should be used nowTo End a Presidency addresses one of today's most urgent questions: when and whether to impeach a president. Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz provide an authoritative guide to impeachment's past and a bold argument about its ...
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Joyce Alene
Usual Cruelty
The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System
by Alec Karakatsanis (Oct 29, 2019)
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From an award-winning civil rights lawyer, a profound challenge to our society’s normalization of the caging of human beings, and the role of the legal profession in perpetuating itAlec Karakatsanis is very interested in what we choose to punish. For example, it is a crime in most of America for poor people to wager in the streets over dice; dice-w...
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Scott Hechinger
The Code of Capital
How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality
by Katharina Pistor (May 28, 2019)
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A compelling explanation of how the law shapes the distribution of wealthCapital is the defining feature of modern economies, yet most people have no idea where it actually comes from. What is it, exactly, that transforms mere wealth into an asset that automatically creates more wealth? The Code of Capital explains how capital is created behind clo...
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Thomas Piketty
You Have the Right to Remain Innocent
by James Duane (Sep 20, 2016)
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An urgent, compact manifesto that will teach you how to protect your rights, your freedom, and your future when talking to police.Law professor James J. Duane became a viral sensation thanks to a 2008 lecture outlining the reasons why you should never agree to answer questions from the police—especially if you are innocent and wish to stay out of t...
The Nine
Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
by Jeffrey Toobin (Sep 09, 2008)
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In The Nine, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most importantand secretlegal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. An institution at a moment of transition, the Court now stands at a crucial point, with major changes in store on...
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Gary Vaynerchuk
With Liberty and Justice for Some
How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful
by Glenn Greenwald (Jul 03, 2012)
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From "the most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years" (Bill Moyers), a scathing critique of the two-tiered system of justice that has emerged in America...
America's Constitution
A Biography
by Akhil Reed Amar (Sep 11, 2006)
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In America’s Constitution, one of this era’s most accomplished constitutional law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives the first comprehensive account of one of the world’s great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this “biography” of America’s framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also w...
Typography for Lawyers 2nd
by Matthew Butterick (Jun 03, 2018)
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Originally released to great acclaim in 2010, Typography for Lawyers was the first guide to the essentials of typography aimed specifically at lawyers. Author Matthew Butterick, an attorney and Harvard-trained typographer, dispelled the myth that legal documents are incompatible with excellent typography. Butterick explained how to get professional...
Black's Law Dictionary
Deluxe Thumb-Index (Legal Dictionary)
by Bryan A. Garner (Jul 29, 2004)
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Book Summary of Black's Law Dictionary Edited by Bryan A. Garner, the world's leading legal lexicographer, Black's Law Dictionary, 8th Edition is now better than ever! The new 8th Edition has more than 43,000 definitions, plus almost 3,000 quotations. Alternative spellings or equivalent terms and expressions are provided for more than 5,300 terms a...
Simple Justice
The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
by Richard Kluger (Apr 12, 2004)
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Simple Justice is generally regarded as the classic account of the U.S. Supreme Court’s epochal decision outlawing racial segregation and the centerpiece of African-Americans’ ongoing crusade for equal justice under law.The 1954 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Brown v. Board of Education brought centuries of legal segregation in this country to...
The Rule of Law
by Tom Bingham (Feb 01, 2011)
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The Rule of Law' is a phrase much used but little examined. The idea of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilisations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy, but what does it actually consist of?In this brilliant short book, Britain's former senior law lord, and one of the world's most acute legal min...
Eve Was Framed - Women and British Justice
by Helena Kennedy (Jan 01, 1993)
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Eve Was Framed offers an impassioned, personal critique of the British legal system. Helena Kennedy focuses on the treatment of women in our courts - at the prejudices of judges, the misconceptions of jurors, the labyrinths of court procedures and the influence of the media. But the inequities she uncovers could apply equally to any disadvantaged g...
The Winning Brief
100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts
by Bryan A. Garner (May 12, 2004)
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Good legal writing wins court cases. It its first edition, The Winning Brief proved that the key to writing well is understanding the judicial readership. Now, in a revised and updated version of this modern classic, Bryan A. Garner explains the art of effective writing in 100 concise, practical, and easy-to-use sections. Covering everything from t...
Legal Writing in Plain English
A Text With Exercises
by Bryan A. Garner (Jun 04, 2001)
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Admirably clear, concise, down-to-earth, and powerful-unfortunately, these adjectives rarely describe legal writing, whether in the form of briefs, opinions, contracts, or statutes. In Legal Writing in Plain English, Bryan A. Garner provides lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students, and legal scholars sound advice and practical tools for improving...
Point Made
How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates
by Ross Guberman (Mar 22, 2011)
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With Point Made, legal writing expert Ross Guberman throws a life preserver to attorneys, who are under more pressure than ever to produce compelling prose. What is the strongest opening for a motion or brief? How to draft winning headings? How to tell a persuasive story when the record is dry and dense? The answers are "more science than art," say...
The Legal Analyst
A Toolkit for Thinking about the Law
by Ward Farnsworth (Jun 14, 2007)
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There are two kinds of knowledge law school teaches: legal rules on the one hand, and tools for thinking about legal problems on the other. Although the tools are far more interesting and useful than the rules, they tend to be neglected in favor of other aspects of the curriculum. In The Legal Analyst, Ward Farnsworth brings together in one place a...
We the Corporations
How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
by Adam Winkler (Mar 18, 2019)
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We the Corporations chronicles the astonishing story of one of the most successful yet least well-known “civil rights movements” in American history. Hardly oppressed like women and minorities, business corporations, too, have fought since the nation’s earliest days to gain equal rights under the Constitution—and today have nearly all the same righ...
Reading Law
The Interpretation of Legal Texts
by Antonin Scalia (Jun 18, 2012)
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In this groundbreaking book, Scalia and Garner systematically explain all the most important principles of constitutional, statutory, and contractual interpretation in an engaging and informative style with hundreds of illustrations from actual cases. Is a burrito a sandwich? Is a corporation entitled to personal privacy? If you trade a gun for dru...
The Brethren
Inside the Supreme Court
by Bob Woodward (Jul 01, 2005)
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The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action.Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief and Associate Justices—maneuvering, arguing, politicking, compromising, and making decisions that affect every major area of American life....
Scorpions
The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices
by Noah Feldman (Nov 08, 2010)
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A tiny, ebullient Jew who started as America's leading liberal and ended as its most famous judicial conservative. A Klansman who became an absolutist advocate of free speech and civil rights. A backcountry lawyer who started off trying cases about cows and went on to conduct the most important international trial ever. A self-invented, tall-tale W...
1l of a Ride
A Well-traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (Career Guides)
by Andrew McClurg (Jun 06, 2017)
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Written by an award-winning professor with wide experience teaching at many different law schools, 1L of a Ride provides a step-by-step navigational guide to both academic and emotional success in law school s crucial first year. It essentially answers the questions, What s the first year of law school really like and how can I make the most of it?...
The Elements of Legal Style
by Bryan A. Garner (Mar 20, 2002)
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With expanded coverage in this new edition, The Elements of Legal Style features additional sections, many more examples, and a thoroughly researched appendix that contains 80 major statements on prose style--what it is and how to attain it.Inspired by Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, this book clearly (often wittily) explains the full ra...
Law and Revolution
The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition
by Harold J. Berman (Dec 06, 1983)
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The roots of modern Western legal institutions and concepts go back nine centuries to the Papal Revolution, when the Western church established its political and legal unity and its independence from emperors, kings, and feudal lords. Out of this upheaval came the Western idea of integrated legal systems consciously developed over generations and c...
The Tools of Argument
How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue, and Win
by Joel P. Trachtman (Jul 24, 2013)
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Joel Trachtman's book presents in plain and lucid terms the powerful tools of argument that have been honed through the ages in the discipline of law. If you are a law student or new lawyer, a business professional or a government official, this book will boost your analytical thinking, your foundational legal knowledge, and your confidence as you ...
The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
by Mark Herrmann (Mar 24, 2006)
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This collection of essays written by The Curmudgeon, offers practical, honest and you need to know this advice for surviving and thriving in a law firm. The book covers the basics of law practice and law firm etiquette, from doing effective research and writing to dressing for success, dealing with staff and clients and building a law practice. Con...
Justice for All
Earl Warren and the Nation He Made
by Jim Newton (Oct 02, 2007)
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In Justice for All, Jim Newton, an award-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times, brings readers the first truly comprehensive consideration of Earl Warren, the politician-turned- Chief Justice who refashioned the place of the Supreme Court in American life through cases whose names have entered the common parlance-Brown v. Board of Education,...
Free Culture
How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity
by Lawrence Lessig (Mar 29, 2004)
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Lawrence Lessig, "the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era" (The New Yorker), masterfully argues that never before in human history has the power to control creative progress been so concentrated in the hands of the powerful few, the so-called Big Media. Never before have the cultural powers- that-be been able to exer...
Democracy and Distrust
A Theory of Judicial Review (Harvard Paperbacks)
by John Hart Ely (Aug 09, 1980)
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This powerfully argued appraisal of judicial review may change the face of American law. Written for layman and scholar alike, the book addresses one of the most important issues facing Americans today: within what guidelines shall the Supreme Court apply the strictures of the Constitution to the complexities of modern life?Until now legal experts ...
Great Dissent
by Thomas Healy (Sep 09, 2014)
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A gripping intellectual history reveals how conservative justice Oliver Wendell Holmes became a free-speech advocate and established the modern understanding of the First AmendmentThe right to express one’s political views seems an indisputable part of American life. After all, the First Amendment proudly proclaims that Congress can make no law abr...
Justice for Hedgehogs
by Ronald Dworkin (Feb 25, 2013)
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Develops original theories on a variety of issues, including: moral skepticism, literary, artistic, and historical interpretation, free will, ancient moral theory, being good and living well, liberty, equality, law, more....
America's Unwritten Constitution
The Precedents and Principles We Live By
by Akhil Reed Amar (Jan 05, 2015)
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Despite its venerated place atop American law and politics, our written Constitution does not enumerate all of the rules and rights, principles and procedures that actually govern modern America. The document makes no explicit mention of cherished concepts like the separation of powers and the rule of law. On some issues, the plain meaning of the t...
My Life in Court
by Louis Nizer (Nov 30, 2012)
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A famous lawyer recounts some of his significant civil and criminal cases.Contents:Prologue: Opening the green doors --Reputation: The libel case of Quentin Reynolds vs. Westbrook Pegler --Divorce: The 'war of the Roses' and others --Talent: The case of the plagiarized song 'Rum and coca-cola' --Honor: Issue of Nazism in America --Life and limb: Tw...
A History of American Law
Third Edition
by Lawrence M. Friedman (Apr 01, 2005)
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In this brilliant and immensely readable book, Lawrence M. Friedman tells the whole fascinating story of American law from its beginnings in the colonies to the present day. By showing how close the life of the law is to the economic and political life of the country, he makes a complex subject understandable and engrossing. A History of American L...
Flagrant Conduct
The Story of Lawrence V. Texas
by Dale Carpenter (Jun 16, 2013)
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No one could have predicted that the night of September 17, 1998, would be anything but routine in Houston, Texas. Even the call to police that a black man was "going crazy with a gun" was hardly unusual in this urban setting. Nobody could have imagined that the arrest of two men for a minor criminal offense would reverberate in American constituti...
BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN
by LINDA GREENHOUSE (Apr 04, 2006)
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"A fascinating book. In clear and forceful prose, Becoming Justice Blackmun tells a judicial Horatio Alger story and a tale of a remarkable transformation . . . A page-turner."--The New York Times Book ReviewIn this acclaimed biography, Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times draws back the curtain on America's most private branch of government, the...
The Case Against the Supreme Court
by Erwin Chemerinsky (Sep 29, 2015)
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A preeminent constitutional scholar offers a hard-hitting analysis of the Supreme Court over the last two hundred years Most Americans share the perception that the Supreme Court is objective, but Erwin Chemerinsky, one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers, shows that this is nonsense and always has been. The Court is made up of fallible...
Constitutional Law
Principles and Policies (Aspen Student Treatise Series)
by Erwin Chemerinsky (May 24, 2011)
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This highly successful student treatise offers distinct advantages: - thorough treatment of all areas of constitutional law covered in both beginning and advanced courses- direct, unambiguous identification of the issues- takes a neutral approach that examines all sides of constitutional law debates- presents both the doctrines and the underlying p...
Making Your Case
The Art of Persuading Judges
by Bryan A. Garner (Apr 27, 2008)
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In their professional lives, courtroom lawyers must do these two things: speak persuasively and write persuasively. In this noteworthy book, two of the most noted legal writers of our day - Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner - systematically present every important idea about judicial persuasion in a fresh, entertaining way. Making Your Cas...
A People's History of the Supreme Court
The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped OurConstitution
by Peter Irons (Jul 24, 2006)
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A comprehensive history of the people and cases that have changed history, this is the definitive account of the nation's highest courtRecent changes in the Supreme Court have placed the venerable institution at the forefront of current affairs, making this comprehensive and engaging work as timely as ever. In the tradition of Howard Zinn's classic...
The Concept of Law2ndedition by H. L. A. Hart,P. Bulloch,J. Raz
by J. Raz P. Bulloch H. L. A. Hart (Jan 01, 1997)
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The Concept of Law is the most important and original work of legal philosophy written this century. First published in 1961, it is considered the masterpiece of H.L.A. Hart's enormous contribution to the study of jurisprudence and legal philosophy. Its elegant language and balanced arguments have sparked wide debate and unprecedented growth in the...
The Tempting Of America
by Robert H. Bork (Nov 15, 1989)
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Judge Bork shares a personal account of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on his nomination as well as his view on politics versus the law....
Unfair
The New Science of Criminal Injustice
by Adam Benforado (Jun 14, 2016)
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"A law professor sounds an explosive alarm on the hidden unfairness of our legal system." —Kirkus Reviews, starred  A child is gunned down by a police officer; an investigator ignores critical clues in a case; an innocent man confesses to a crime he did not commit; a jury acquits a killer. The evidence is all around us: Our system of justice is fun...
The Story Of My Life
by Clarence Darrow (Aug 22, 1996)
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In The Story of My Life Darrow recounts, & reflects on, his more than fifty years as a corporate, labor & criminal lawyer, including the most celebrated & notorious cases of his day: establishing the legal right of a union to strike in the Woodworkers' Conspiracy Case; exposing, on behalf of the United Mine Workers, the shocking conditions in the m...
The Oath
The Obama White House and The Supreme Court
by Jeffrey Toobin (Jun 04, 2013)
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From the prizewinning author of The Nine, a gripping insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration.From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Co...
Courtroom 302
A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse
by Steve Bogira (Feb 13, 2006)
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Courtroom 302 is the fascinating story of one year in Chicago's Cook County Criminal Courthouse, the busiest felony courthouse in the country. Here we see the system through the eyes of the men and women who experience it, not only in the courtroom but in the lockup, the jury room, the judge's chambers, the spectators' gallery. From the daily grind...
Code
And Other Laws of Cyberspace, Version 2.0
by Lawrence Lessig (Dec 04, 2006)
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Should cyberspace be regulated? How can it be done? It's a cherished belief of techies and net denizens everywhere that cyberspace is fundamentally impossible to regulate. Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig warns that, if we're not careful we'll wake up one day to discover that the character of cyberspace has changed from under us. Cyberspace will n...
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Blockchain and the Law
The Rule of Code
by Primavera De Filippi (Sep 03, 2019)
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Bitcoin has been hailed as an Internet marvel and decried as the preferred transaction vehicle for criminals. It has left nearly everyone without a computer science degree confused: how do you "mine" money from ones and zeros?The answer lies in a technology called blockchain. A general-purpose tool for creating secure, decentralized, peer-to-peer a...
The Secret Barrister
Stories of the Law and How It's Broken
by Secret Barrister (Jul 01, 2018)
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Make No Law
The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment
by Anthony Lewis (Aug 31, 1992)
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The First Amendment puts it this way: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." Yet, in 1960, a city official in Montgomery, Alabama, sued The New York Times for libel -- and was awarded $500,000 by a local jury -- because the paper had published an ad critical of Montgomery's brutal response to civil rights p...
The Autobiography of an Execution
by David R. Dow (Feb 16, 2011)
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Near the beginning of The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow lays his cards on the table. "People think that because I am against the death penalty and don't think people should be executed, that I forgive those people for what they did. Well, it isn't my place to forgive people, and if it were, I probably wouldn't. I'm a judgmental and not v...
Plain English for Lawyers
by Richard C. Wydick (Jul 29, 2005)
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Wydick's Plain English for Lawyers —now in its fifth edition— has been a favorite of law students, legal writing teachers, lawyers, and judges for over 25 years. How does the fifth edition of Plain English for Lawyers differ from its predecessors? It remains (in size only!) a little book, small enough and palatable enough not to intimidate over-loa...
A Civil Action
by Jonathan Harr (Aug 27, 1996)
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A Civil Action is a non-fiction book by Jonathan Harr about a water contamination case in Woburn, Massachusetts, in the 1980s. After finding that her child is diagnosed with leukemia, Anne Anderson notices a high prevalence of leukemia, a relatively rare disease, in her city. Eventually she gathers other families and seeks a lawyer, Jan Schlichtman...
Law's Empire
by Ronald Dworkin (Dec 31, 1985)
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With the incisiveness and lucid style for which he is renowned, Ronald Dworkin has written a masterful explanation of how the Anglo-American legal system works and on what principles it is grounded. Law's Empire is a full-length presentation of his theory of law that will be studied and debated--by scholars and theorists, by lawyers and judges, by ...
Thinking Like a Lawyer
A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning
by Frederick Schauer (Apr 15, 2012)
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This primer on legal reasoning is aimed at law students and upper-level undergraduates. But it is also an original exposition of basic legal concepts that scholars and lawyers will find stimulating. It covers such topics as rules, precedent, authority, analogical reasoning, the common law, statutory interpretation, legal realism, judicial opinions,...
Win Your Case
How to Present, Persuade, and Prevail--Every Place, Every Time
by Gerry Spence (Nov 28, 2006)
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From renowned trial attorney and New York Times bestselling author Gerry Spence: a must own book for every lawyer and business professional seeking to make cutting-edge winning presentations--in court, at work, everywhere, any timeGerry Spence is perhaps America's most renowned and successful trial lawyer, a man known for his deep convictions and h...
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Failing Law Schools
by Brian Z. Tamanaha (Jun 15, 2012)
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On the surface, law schools today are thriving. Enrollments are on the rise, and their resources are often the envy of every other university department. Law professors are among the highest paid and play key roles as public intellectuals, advisers, and government officials. Yet behind the flourishing facade, law schools are failing abjectly. Recen...
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Orin Kerr
The Death of Common Sense
How Law Is Suffocating America
by Philip K. Howard (May 03, 2011)
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This concise and eloquent manifesto shows how the excess of government regulations does not protect Americans but instead acts as legal quicksand, stifling growth and creating paralyzing overbureaucratization. Using blood-boiling examples of government regulations run amok, Howard reveals a society in which rules have replaced thinking--allowing la...
Gideon's Trumpet
How One Man, a Poor Prisoner, Took His Case to the Supreme Court-and Changed the Law of the United States
by Anthony Lewis (Apr 22, 1989)
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A history of the landmark case of Clarence Earl Gideon's fight for the right to legal counsel. Notes, table of cases, index. The classic backlist bestseller. More than 800,000 sold since its first pub date of 1964....
Taking Rights Seriously
With a New Appendix, a Response to Critics
by Ronald Dworkin (Oct 31, 1978)
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What is law? What is it for? How should judges decide novel cases when the statutes and earlier decisions provide no clear answer? Do judges make up new law in such cases, or is there some higher law in which they discover the correct answer? Must everyone always obey the law? If not, when is a citizen morally free to disobey?A renowned philosopher...
Remix
Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy
by Lawrence Lessig (Sep 29, 2009)
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The reigning authority on intellectual property in the Internet age, Lawrence Lessig spotlights the newest and possibly the most harmful culture war?a war waged against those who create and consume art. America?s copyright laws have ceased to perform their original, beneficial role: protecting artists? creations while allowing them to build on prev...
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The Common Law
by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (Jul 21, 1991)
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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841–1935) is generally considered one of the two greatest justices of the United States Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Marshall being the other. In more than 2000 opinions, he delineated an impressive legal philosophy that profoundly influenced American jurisprudence, particularly in the area of civil liberties and j...
Getting To Maybe
How to Excel on Law School Exams
by Richard Michael Fischl (May 25, 1999)
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Professors Fischl and Paul explain law school exams in ways no one has before, all with an eye toward improving the reader's performance. The book begins by describing the difference between educational cultures that praise students for "right answers" and the law school culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which more th...
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Nick Szabo
Law 101
Everything You Need to Know about the American Legal System
by Jay M. Feinman (Jul 31, 2006)
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The best-selling first edition of Law 101 provided readers with a vividly written and indispensable portrait of our nation's legal system. Now, in this revised edition, Jay M. Feinman offers an updated survey of American law, spiced with new anecdotes and cases, and incorporating fresh material on topics ranging from the President's war powers, to ...
Tomorrow's Lawyers
An Introduction to Your Future
by Richard Susskind (Feb 28, 2013)
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In his newest provocative and forward-looking volume on the legal profession, Richard Susskind-the best-selling author of The End of Lawyers? and The Future of Law-predicts fundamental and irreversible changes in the world of law. What Susskind sees is eye-opening-a legal world of virtual courts, Internet-based global legal businesses, online docum...
Is Eating People Wrong?
Great Legal Cases and How they Shaped the World
by Allan Hutchinson (Nov 29, 2010)
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Great cases are those judicial decisions around which the common law develops. This book explores eight exemplary cases from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia that show the law as a living, breathing, and down-the-street experience. It explores the social circumstances in which the cases arose and the ordinary people whose storie...
How Judges Think
by Richard A. Posner (Apr 30, 2010)
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A distinguished and experienced appellate court judge, Richard A. Posner offers in this new book a unique and, to orthodox legal thinkers, a startling perspective on how judges and justices decide cases. When conventional legal materials enable judges to ascertain the true facts of a case and apply clear pre-existing legal rules to them, Posner arg...
The Chickenshit Club
Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives
by Jesse Eisinger (Jul 11, 2017)
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From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jesse Eisinger, “a fast moving, fly-on-the-wall, disheartening look at the deterioration of the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission…It is a book of superheroes” (San Franscisco Review of Books).Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to c...
The Supreme Court
by William H. Rehnquist (Feb 04, 2002)
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This new edition of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s classic book offers a lively and accessible history of the Supreme Court. His engaging writing illuminates both the high and low points in the Court's history, from Chief Justice Marshall’s dominance of the Court during the early nineteenth century through the landmark decisions of the Warren...
Civil Procedure
Examples and Explanations (The Examples & Explanations Series)
by Joseph W. Glannon (May 31, 1996)
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The latest edition upholds the standard of quality that Glannon originally set: - engages student interest as it teaches, making learning as painless as possible- covers all aspects of the first-year course, including the difficult areas of res judicata, collateral estoppel, and personal and subject matter jurisdiction- presents accessible introduc...
Law School Confidential
A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience
by Robert H. Miller (Apr 26, 2011)
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Law School Confidential is written for students about to embark on this three-year odyssey by students who have successfully survived. It demystifies the life-altering thrill ride that defines an American legal education by providing a comprehensive, blow-by-blow, chronological account of what to expect. It arms students with a thorough overview o...
The Nature Of The Judicial Process
by Benjamín Nathan Cardozo (Aug 08, 2015)
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A distinguished jurist provides insights into the judicial role by asking and answering the question, "What is it that I do when I decide a case?" In this legal classic, Benjamin N. Cardozo — an Associate Supreme Court Justice of the United States from 1932-38 — explains a judge's conscious and unconscious decision-making processes.Cardozo handed d...
Six Amendments
How and Why We Should Change the Constitution
by John Paul Stevens (Apr 22, 2014)
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For the first time ever, a retired Supreme Court Justice offers a manifesto on how the Constitution needs to change. By the time of his retirement in June 2010, John Paul Stevens had become the second longest serving Justice in the history of the Supreme Court. Now he draws upon his more than three decades on the Court, during which he was involved...
One L
The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School
by Scott Turow (Dec 28, 2010)
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Newsweek calls him "an extraordinarily canny and empathetic observer." In bestseller after bestseller, Turow uses his background as a lawyer to create suspense fiction so authentic it reads with the hammering impact of fact. But before he became a worldwide sensation, Scott Turow wrote a book that is entirely true, the account of his own searing in...
The Philosophy of Law
A Very Short Introduction
by Raymond Wacks (Jun 21, 2006)
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This lively and accessible introduction to the social, moral, and cultural foundations of law takes a broad scope-- spanning philosophy, law, politics, and economics, and discussing a range of topics including women's rights, racism, the environment, and recent international issues such as the war in Iraq and the treatment of terror suspects. Revea...
The Majesty of the Law
Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice
by Sandra Day O'Connor (Apr 12, 2004)
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In this remarkable book, a national bestseller in hardcover, Sandra Day O’Connor explores the law, her life as a Supreme Court Justice, and how the Court has evolved and continues to function, grow, and change as an American institution. Tracing some of the origins of American law through history, people, ideas, and landmark cases, O’Connor sheds n...
Letters to a Young Lawyer
by Alan M. Dershowitz (Apr 13, 2005)
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As defender of both the righteous and the questionable, Alan Dershowitz has become perhaps the most famous and outspoken attorney in the land. Whether or not they agree with his legal tactics, most people would agree that he possesses a powerful and profound sense of justice. In this meditation on his profession, Dershowitz writes about life, law, ...
The Bramble Bush
The Classic Lectures on the Law and Law School
by Karl N Llewellyn (Apr 14, 2008)
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For over seventy years, there has been one book that law students have read to prepare for what they were about to encounter. That book is The Bramble Bush. After all these years and many imitators, The Bramble Bush remains one of the most popular introductions to the law and its study.Llewellyn introduces students to what the law is, how to read c...
This volume will be of interest and value to students of logic, ethics, and political philosophy, as well as to members of the legal profession and to everyone concerned with problems of government and jurisprudence. By citing a large number of cases, the author makes his presentation of the processes of judicial interpretation particularly lucid.....
Five Chiefs
A Supreme Court Memoir
by Justice John Paul Stevens (Oct 02, 2012)
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When he resigned last June, Justice Stevens was the third longest serving Justice in American history (1975-2010) -- only Justice William O. Douglas, whom Stevens succeeded, and Stephen Field have served on the Court for a longer time. In Five Chiefs, Justice Stevens captures the inner workings of the Supreme Court via his personal experiences wit...
A Review of the First Fourteen Years of the Historical, Natural History and Library Society of South Natick, Mass.
With the Field-Day Proceedings of 1881-1882-1883
by Amos P Cheney (Aug 27, 2016)
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A brilliant new approach to the Constitution and courts of the United States by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.For Justice Breyer, the Constitution’s primary role is to preserve and encourage what he calls “active liberty”: citizen participation in shaping government and its laws. As this book argues, promoting active liberty requires judicia...
Property
by Jesse Dukeminier (Dec 31, 2001)
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When a casebook remains the best seller in its field edition after edition, you know the authors are doing things right. PROPERTY set the standard of excellence and continues to uphold it.Once again, this expert author team provides an engrossing and enlightening teaching package: - full coverage including in-depth treatment of estates and future i...