A new book by Widener’s John Dernbach is now available in the law library. Acting As If Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability was recently published by the Environmental Law Institute.
A new book by Widener’s Erin Daly is now available in the law library. Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Allan C. Hutchinson. Laughing at the Gods: Great Judges and How They Made the Common Law. New York, Cambridge University Press, 2012. K170 .H88 2012
From the publisher: Any effort to understand how law works has to take seriously its main players – judges. Like any performance, judging should be evaluated by reference to those who are its best exponents. Not surprisingly, the debate about what makes a ‘great judge’ is as heated and inconclusive as the debate about the purpose and nature of law itself. History shows that those who are generally considered to be candidates for a judicial hall of fame are game changers who oblige us to rethink what it is to be a good judge. So the best of judges must tread a thin line between modesty and hubris; they must be neither mere umpires nor demigods. The eight judges showcased in this book demonstrate that, if the test of good judging is not about getting it right, but doing it well, then the measure of great judging is about setting new standards for what counts as judging well.
Nancy J King, Joseph L Hoffmann. Habeas for the Twenty-First Century: Uses, Abuses, and the Future of the Great Writ. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2011. KF9011 .K56 2011
From the publisher: For centuries, the writ of habeas corpus has served as an important safeguard against miscarriages of justice, and today it remains at the center of some of the most contentious issues of our time—among them terrorism, immigration, crime, and the death penalty. Yet, in recent decades, habeas has been seriously abused. In this book, Nancy J. King and Joseph L. Hoffmann argue that habeas should be exercised with greater prudence.
Through historical, empirical, and legal analysis, as well as illustrative case studies, the authors examine the current use of the writ in the United States and offer sound reform proposals to help ensure its ongoing vitality in today’s justice system. Comprehensive and thoroughly grounded in a modern understanding of habeas corpus, this informative book will be an insightful read for legal scholars and anyone interested in the importance of habeas corpus for American government.
Keith Elkin. MBE: Beginning Your Campaign to Pass the Bar Exam. New York, NY, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2011. KF303 .E428 2011.
From the publisher: MBE: Beginning Your Campaign To Pass The Bar Exam explains how to think about organizing, learning and applying the vast amount of material bar exam candidates must know in order to pass the bar exam.
A new book by Widener’s Andrew Strauss is now available in the library. Towards a Global Parliament: Essays and Articles, published by the Committee for a Democratic U.N. reprints articles by Prof. Strauss and Prof. Richard Falk.
Jeff Benedict. Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak that Changed the Way Americans Eat. Buena Vista, VA, Inspire Books, ©2011. QR201.E82 B46 2011.
From the publisher: In Poisoned, Jeff Benedict delivers a jarringly candid narrative of the fast-moving disaster drawing on access to key documents and exclusive interviews with the real-life characters at the center of the drama – the families whose children were infected, the Jack in the Box executives forced to answer for the tragedy, the physicians and scientists who identified E. coli as the culprit, and the legal teams on both sides of the historic lawsuits that ensued. This is the story of the permanent transformation of our food supply chain, and the young maverick lawyer, Bill Marler, who staked his career on bringing the victims justice without compromise. Fast Food Nation meets A Civil Action in this riveting account of how we learned the hard way to truly watch what we eat.
Ross Guberman. Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation’s Top Advocates. Oxford, Oxford University Press, ©2011. KF251 .G83 2011.
From the publisher: 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,” says Guberman, who has analyzed stellar arguments by distinguished attorneys to develop step-by-step instructions for achieving the results you want.
John Bach McMaster & Frederick D. Stone. Pennsylvania and the Federal Constitution 1787-1788. Indianapolis, Liberty Fund, ©2011. KF4512.P4 P45 2011
From the publisher: In Pennsylvania and the Federal Constitution, 1787-1788, John Bach McMaster, a professor of American history, and Frederick D. Stone, librarian of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, assembled newspaper articles, editorials, and records about the debates in Pennsylvania’s ratifying convention. In addition to speeches and essays by both supporters and opponents of the Constitution, noninterpretive editorial comments are also presented to introduce the documents and place them in the appropriate historical context. Also included in the volume are biographical sketches of key figures in Pennsylvania during this significant period of the American Founding, including Benjamin Franklin, Gouverneur Morris, Benjamin Rush, and James Wilson.
Pennsylvania was one of the first states to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Twenty hours after the Continental Congress submitted the Constitution to the states, the Assembly of Pennsylvania called a convention to ratify or reject it. The Constitution immediately became the subject of passionate debate, which continued until Washington was sworn in, in 1789. Pennsylvania and the Federal Constitution collects the primary documents that formed this passionate debate.