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.
Sarah Barringer Gordon. The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America. Cambridge, Mass., Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010. KF358 .G67 2010
From the publisher:
A new constitutional world burst into American life in the mid-twentieth century. For the first time, the national constitution’s religion clauses were extended by the United States Supreme Court to all state and local governments. As energized religious individuals and groups probed the new boundaries between religion and government and claimed their sacred rights in court, a complex and evolving landscape of religion and law emerged.
Sarah Gordon tells the stories of passionate believers who turned to the law and the courts to facilitate a dazzling diversity of spiritual practice. Legal decisions revealed the exquisite difficulty of gauging where religion ends and government begins. Controversies over school prayer, public funding, religion in prison, same-sex marriage, and secular rituals roiled long-standing assumptions about religion in public life. The range and depth of such conflicts were remarkable—and ubiquitous.
Telling the story from the ground up, Gordon recovers religious practices and traditions that have generated compelling claims while transforming the law of religion. From isolated schoolchildren to outraged housewives and defiant prisoners, believers invoked legal protection while courts struggled to produce stable constitutional standards. In a field dominated by controversy, the vital connection between popular and legal constitutional understandings has sometimes been obscured. The Spirit of the Law explores this tumultuous constitutional world, demonstrating how religion and law have often seemed irreconcilable, even as they became deeply entwined in modern America.
Michael Perino. The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance. New York : Penguin Press, 2010. HB3717 1929 .P47 2010
From the publisher: A gripping account of the underdog Senate lawyer who unmasked the financial wrongdoing that led to the Crash of 1929 and forever changed the relationship between Washington and Wall Street.
Mark Tushnet. Why the Constitution Matters. New Haven, Conn. Yale University Press, 2010. KF4550 .T873 2010
From the publisher:
This election year has seen many speeches and debates about the meaning of the U.S.Constitution and Bill of Rights. These titles on the Library’s New Book Shelf reflect the interest that Constitutional issues continue to generate:
- To Secure the Liberty of the People: James Madison’s Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court’s Interpretation, by Eric T.Kasper
- The Living Constitution, by David A. Strauss
- Why the Constitution Matters, by Mark Tushnet
- A Companion to the United States Constitution and Its Amendments, by John R.Vile
- The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America, by Sarah Barringer Gordon
- The Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, edited by Jack N. Rakove