A new book by Widener Law professor James May is now available in the law library. Principles of Constitutional Environmental Law was published this year by the American Bar Association and the Environmental Law Institute.
Back in August I covered 30 Lawyers 30 Books an ABA Journal article on book recommendations for lawyers. Now Widener law professor Jules Epstein has enlisted his colleagues to publish a similar book recommendation list. If we have the book in the law library I’ve linked to our catalog, if not I’ve linked to Google Books. For more information on the project see the Widener Law website.
Here’s the list of books:
Fran Catania: The Wild Birds by Wendell Berry
Erin Daly: The Oxbow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Jean Eggen: The Plague (La Peste) by Albert Camus
Jules Epstein: Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton and Bloodsworth: The True Story Of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA by Tim Junkin
Michael Goldberg: The Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald Stern
David Hodas: The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Lawrence Hamermesh: American Law: An Introduction by Lawrence M. Friedman
Thaddeus Pope: The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law by Joel Feinberg
Laura Ray: The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
Luke Scheuer: The Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald Stern and The Legal Analyst: A Toolkit For Thinking About The Law by Ward Farnsworth
Michael Slinger: A Lawyer’s Journey: The Morris Dees Story
Andre Smith: Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans From the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon
Serena Williams: Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in The Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle
There’s still a little bit of summer left so you have time for some summer reading. The ABA Journal cover story for this month is 30 Lawyers 30 Books. Here’s a direct link to the list of books. The Journal asked 30 top lawyers to recommend a book that other lawyers should read. You’ll find a lot of good selections in the last.
The University of Washington law library has created a handy list of all the books on WorldCat so you can find them quickly in your library.
Need some ideas for summer reading? One of my favorite websites, The Browser, has a great section called Five Books, where they interview people about five books they would recommend on their subject area. Recently they interviewed Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer on his intellectual influences. Other law related book lists include Scott Turow on legal novels, FBI agent Kevin Slotter on the FBI and crime, and Jack Rakove on the Constitution. Plus their special Five Books coverage of American Conservatism, featuring Karl Rove, Mitch Daniels, David Frum and more.
OK, while you all read the law books, I’m going with Simon Kernick on thrillers.
Just received in the library is Treating Young Veterans: Promoting Resilience Through Practice and Advocacy. Co-edited by Widener Law professor Sydney Howe-Barksdale the book also features chapters by Widener Law’s Justin Holbrook and Tom Reed.
We’re sometimes asked to recommend books for new students to read before they start law school. I personally would advise you to relax and read something fun while you still can, but we know you’re anxious to get started. We have a list of books for new students on our webpage. It’s a long list so don’t feel you have to read them all. Just pick one!
PrawfsBlawg has a recent post on books for rising 1Ls (or as we usually say at Widener, first years). Besides the books in the initial post there are some great suggestions in the comments.
Hat tip to the Biddle Law Library Facebook page!
The library has a new book just published by John Culhane. Prof. Culhane is the editor of Reconsidering Law and Policy Debates A Public Health Perspective recently published by Cambridge University Press.
A new book by Widener’s own Prof. Jules Epstein and Prof. Carol Henderson of Stetson University College of Law is now available in the library. The Future of Evidence: How Science and Technology will Change the Practice of Law has just been published by the American Bar Association.
Investigative Reporting – Paige St. John of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for an investigation of the Florida property insurance system.
Local Reporting – Frank Main, Mark Konkol and John J. Kim of the Chicago Sun-Times for a story on crime and justice in Chicago
National Reporting – Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein of ProPublica for an investigation of Wall Street practices that led to the financial meltdown.
International Reporting – Clifford J. Levy and Ellen Barry of The New York Times for a series on the corrupt justice system in Russia.
Editorial Writing – Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal for a series of articles critical of the new federal health care law.
Feature Photography – Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times for a series of photos depicting the innocent victims of gang violence in Los Angeles.
History – Eric Foner. The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (W.W. Norton & Company). We have this book available at the Widener Law Library.
All of this year’s winners are listed on the Pulitzer Prize website.