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At Home in the Law

February 17th, 2010 No comments

At Home in the Law

Jeannie Suk. At Home in the Law: How the Domestic Violence Revolution Is Transforming Privacy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. KF9322 .S85 2009

From the publisher: In the past forty years, the idea of home, which is central to how the law conceives of crime, punishment, and privacy, has changed radically. Legal scholar Jeannie Suk shows how the legitimate goal of legal feminists to protect women from domestic abuse has led to a new and unexpected set of legal practices.

Suk examines case studies of major legal developments in contemporary American law pertaining to domestic violence, self-defense, privacy, sexual autonomy, and property in order to illuminate the changing relation between home and the law. She argues that the growing legal vision that has led to the breakdown of traditional boundaries between public and private space is resulting in a substantial reduction of autonomy and privacy for both women and men.

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Louis D. Brandeis

November 30th, 2009 No comments


Melvin I. Urofsky. Louis D. Brandeis: A Life. New York, Pantheon Books, 2009. KF8745.B67 U748 2009

From the publisher: The first full-scale biography in twenty-five years of one of the most important and distinguished justices to sit on the Supreme Court–a book that reveals Louis D. Brandeis the reformer, lawyer, and jurist, and Brandeis the man, in all of his complexity, passion, and wit.

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The Speculation Economy

October 27th, 2009 No comments

speculationLawrence E. Mitchell. The Speculation Economy: How Finance Triumphed over Industry. San Francisco, CA, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2008. HC103 .M684 2008

From the publisher: American businesses today are obsessed with the price of their stock, and no wonder. The consequences of even a modest decrease can be so dire that some executives would rather damage their corporation’s long-term health than allow quarterly returns to fall below projections. But how did this situation come about? When did the stock market become the driver of the American economy?

Lawrence E. Mitchell identifies the moment in American history when finance triumphed over industry. He shows how the birth of the giant modern corporation spurred the rise of the stock market and how, by the dawn of the 1920s, the stock market left behind its business origins to become the very reason for the creation of business itself.

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The Common Law

October 27th, 2009 No comments


Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. foreword by Stephen L. Carter. The Common Law. Chicago, Ill., ABA, c2009. KF394 .H65 1881r

From the publisher:

In the history of the law there have been many great treatises written by many great legal minds, but only a few have had the influence and staying power to truly be called the classics. The Common Law by famed Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. is certainly one of these books.

First published in 1881, The Common Law has retained its relevance through the elegant writing of Justice Holmes and the sound, thorough coverage of everything from criminal law to possession and ownership to torts. As Professor Stephen L. Carter says in his new foreword to the book, “Few books have had this lasting influence on a profession, and earned as profound a reputation within it.”

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The Great Decision

greatdecisionCliff Sloan and David McKean. The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court. New York: PublicAffairs, 2009.  KF4575 .S56 2009

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The Invisible Constitution

November 17th, 2008 No comments

tribe.gifLaurence H. Tribe. The Invisible Consitution. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. KF4550 .T7865 2008