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Courtroom Avenger: The Challenges and Triumphs of Robert Habush

by Kurt Chandler American Bar Association (January 07, 2015)

This is a profile of Robert Habush, a prolific and esteemed trial lawyer based in Milwaukee. He's a lawyer whose is recognized by his peers as a lawyer who is always fighting for the little guy against the big...


The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968-1977

by Daniel R. Magaziner Ohio University Press (August 15, 2010)

"No nation can win a battle without faith," Steve Biko wrote, and as Daniel R. Magaziner demonstrates in The Law and the Prophets, the combination of ideological and theological exploration proved a potent force....


The Jury in Lincoln's America

by Stacy Pratt McDermott Ohio University Press (January 23, 2012)

In the antebellum Midwest, Americans looked to the law, and specifically to the jury, to navigate the uncertain terrain of a rapidly changing society. During this formative era of American law, the jury served...


The Mother Court: Tales of Cases that Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court

by James D. Zirin & Robert M. Morgenthau American Bar Association (June 19, 2014)

A fascinating chronicle of the history of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York—the most influential District court in the United States. It features the most famous trials of the period...


Approaching the U.S. Constitution: Sacred Covenant or Plaything for Lawyers and Judges

by Kerry L. Hunter Lexington Books (June 18, 2014)

This book argues that, given the political power the Supreme Court enjoys today, the answer to preserving the separation of powers, democracy, and the American commitment to unalienable human rights is to encourage...


The Second Amendment

by Michael Waldman Simon & Schuster (April 10, 2014)

Widely acclaimed at the time of its publication, the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights.

At a time of increasing gun violence in America, Waldman’s...


The Collected Legal Papers

by Oliver Wendell Holmes Dover Publications (October 04, 2012)

A Supreme Court justice for four decades, Holmes is renowned for his learning, judgment, and eloquence, as reflected in this compilation of 26 of his papers and addresses.


Law and Justice from Antiquity to Enlightenment

by Robert W. Shaffern Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 16, 2009)

This concise intellectual history of the law offers an accessible introduction to the development of law from ancient Babylon to eighteenth-century Europe. Robert W. Shaffern examines a rich array of sources...


Federalism, the Supreme Court, and the Seventeenth Amendment: The Irony of Constitutional Democracy

by Ralph A. Rossum Lexington Books (September 12, 2001)

Abraham Lincoln worried that the 'walls' of the constitution would ultimately be leveled by the 'silent artillery of time.' His fears materialized with the 1913 ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment, which,...


Censoring Sex: A Historical Journey Through American Media

by John E. Semonche Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 20, 2007)

In this gracefully written, accessible and entertaining volume, John Semonche surveys censorship for reasons of sex from the nineteenth century up until the present. He covers the various forms of American media-books...


In the Interest of Justice: Great Opening & Closing Statements Throu

by Joel Seidemann HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

This rich and rewarding volume collects more than two dozen of the most memorable opening and closing arguments made by top prosecutors and defense attorneys of the last one hundred years. Carefully selected...


A Storm over This Court: Law, Politics, and Supreme Court Decision Making in Brown v. Board of Education

by Jeffrey D. Hockett University of Virginia Press (May 17, 2013)

On the way to offering a new analysis of the basis of the Supreme Court's iconic decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Jeffrey Hockett critiques an array of theories that have arisen to explain it and Supreme...


Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy, America's Creed

by John A. Ragosta University of Virginia Press (April 15, 2013)

For over one hundred years, Thomas Jefferson and his Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom have stood at the center of our understanding of religious liberty and the First Amendment. Jefferson's expansive...


Contract and Consent: Representation and the Jury in Anglo-American Legal History

by J. R. Pole University of Virginia Press (January 27, 2010)

In Contract and Consent, the renowned legal historian J. R. Pole posits that legal history has become highly specialized, while mainstream political and social historians frequently ignore cases that figure...


The Place of Law: The Role and Limits of Law in Society

by Larry D. Barnett Transaction Publishers (December 31, 2011)

"In the finest sociological tradition, The Place of Law deftly challenges the popular assumption that the concepts and doctrines of law in regulating certain human activities are determined by atomistic individuals....


Passing to América

by Thomas A. Abercrombie Penn State University Press (November 22, 2018)

In 1803 in the colonial South American city of La Plata, Doña Martina Vilvado y Balverde presented herself to church and crown officials to denounce her husband of more than four years, Don Antonio Yta, as...


The Republic according to John Marshall Harlan

by Linda Przybyszewski The University of North Carolina Press (July 25, 2018)

Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911) is best known for condemning racial segregation in his dissent from Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, when he declared, "Our Constitution is color-blind." But...


Buying Time

by Thomas F. McDow Ohio University Press (May 23, 2018)

In Buying Time, Thomas F. McDow synthesizes Indian Ocean, Middle Eastern, and East African studies as well as economic and social history to explain how, in the nineteenth century, credit, mobility, and kinship...


Reproductive Rights in New York and New Jersey

by Jonathan F. Parent Lexington Books (April 15, 2018)

New York and New Jersey maintain almost identical laws dealing with abortion, but the process for developing those laws differed in each state. Courts were heavily involved in New Jersey, whereas most policy...


The Clamor of Lawyers

by Peter Charles Hoffer & WilliamJames Hull Hoffer Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

The Clamor of Lawyers explores a series of extended public pronouncements that British North American colonial lawyers crafted between 1761 and 1776. Most, though not all, were composed outside of the courtroom...


Imagining World Order

by Chenxi Tang Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

In early modern Europe, international law emerged as a means of governing relations between rapidly consolidating sovereign states, purporting to establish a normative order for the perilous international world....


The Goldmark Case

by William L. Dwyer University of Washington Press (June 18, 2015)

In 1962 John Goldmark, cattle rancher, Harvard Law School graduate, and distinguished three-term state legislator for a lightly populated area in north central Washington, was overwhelmingly defeated in his...


Congress and the People’s Contest

by Donald R. Kennon, Paul Finkelman, Mischa Honeck & Fergus M. Bordewich et al. Ohio University Press (February 02, 2018)

The American Civil War was the first military conflict in history to be fought with railroads moving troops and the telegraph connecting civilian leadership to commanders in the field. New developments arose...


History and Power in the Study of Law

by June Starr & Jane F. Collier Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Building on earlier work in the anthropology of law and taking a critical stance toward it, June Starr and Jane F. Collier ask, "Should social anthropologists continue to isolate the ‘legal’ as a separate...


Madame Bovary on Trial

by Dominick LaCapra Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

In 1857, following the publication of Madame Bovary, Flaubert was charged with having committed an "outrage to public morality and religion." Dominick LaCapra, an intellectual historian with wide-ranging literary...


Down with Traitors

by Yun Xia University of Washington Press (January 11, 2018)

Throughout the War of Resistance against Japan (1931�1945), the Chinese Nationalist government punished collaborators with harsh measures, labeling the enemies from within hanjian (literally, �traitors to...


Recounting the Anthrax Attacks

by R. Scott Decker Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 19, 2018)

It was September 18, 2001, just seven days after al-Qaeda hijackers destroyed the Twin Towers. In the early morning darkness, a lone figure dropped several letters into a mailbox. Seventeen days later a Florida...


David Hughes Parry

The Impeachment of Chief Justice David Brock

by John Cerullo & David C. Steelman Lexington Books (November 22, 2017)

In the last few decades of the 20th Century, New Hampshire’s judiciary had been substantially reconfigured: constitutional amendments and other measures endorsed by the national judicial-modernization movement...


The Welsh Law of Women

by Dafydd Jenkins & Morfydd E. Owen University of Wales Press (November 15, 2017)

Professor Daniel A. Binchy’s Corpus Iuris Hibernici, published in 1979, set the seal on a lifetime’s work which had made him the acknowledged leader in Celtic law studies. At an earlier stage in his career,...


Barbarian Europe

by Karol MODZELEWSKI, Ewa Macura & Elena Rozbicka Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissen (May 31, 2015)

European culture has been greatly influenced by the Christian Church and Greek and Roman culture. However, the peoples of Europe’s remote past, whom the Greeks, Romans, and their medieval heirs called the...


Sovereignty in China’s Perspective

by Yonghong Yang Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissen (March 27, 2017)

This book explores China’s perspective on sovereignty. The concept of sovereignty is universal, however, the understanding of it varies in different states and due to cultural backgrounds, history or the composition...


Historical Analysis of the Catalan Identity

by Flocel Sabaté Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissensc (October 09, 2015)

The book derives from an European Science Foundation project about the cohesion of European regions developed between 2010 and 2013. Flocel Sabaté led into this framework a team of fourteen scholars looking...


The Poison Plot

by Elaine Forman Crane Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

An accusation of attempted murder rudely interrupted Mary Arnold’s dalliances with working men and her extensive shopping sprees. When her husband Benedict fell deathly ill and then asserted she had tried...


The Trouble with Minna

by Hendrik Hartog The University of North Carolina Press (March 19, 2018)

In this intriguing book, Hendrik Hartog uses a forgotten 1840 case to explore the regime of gradual emancipation that took place in New Jersey over the first half of the nineteenth century. In Minna's case,...


The Battle for the Court

by Lawrence Baum, David Klein & Matthew J. Streb University of Virginia Press (September 29, 2017)

Once largely ignored, judicial elections in the states have become increasingly controversial over the past two decades. Legal organizations, prominent law professors, and a retired Supreme Court justice have...


The Men of Mobtown

by Adam Malka The University of North Carolina Press (March 22, 2018)

What if racialized mass incarceration is not a perversion of our criminal justice system's liberal ideals, but rather a natural conclusion? Adam C. Malka raises this disturbing possibility through a gripping...


America’s Two Constitutions

by Thomas J. Reed Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (October 06, 2017)

America’s Two Constitutions explores the history of the treatment of dissenters in time of war, beginning with the treatment of Tories during the Revolution, followed by description and analysis of the Lincoln...


Corporate Romanticism

by Daniel M. Stout Fordham University Press (December 01, 2016)

Corporate Romanticism offers an alternative history of the connections between modernity, individualism, and the novel. In early nineteenth-century England, two developments—the rise of corporate persons and...


Archaeologies of Rules and Regulation

by Barbara Hausmair, Ben Jervis, Ruth Nugent & Eleanor Williams Berghahn Books (January 15, 2018)

How can we study the impact of rules on the lives of past people using archaeological evidence? To answer this question, Archaeologies of Rules and Regulation presents case studies drawn from across Europe...


A Tragic Fate

by Nicholas M. O'Donnell Ankerwycke (August 01, 2017)

The organized theft of fine art by Nazi Germany has captivated worldwide attention in the last twenty years. As much as any other topic arising out of World War Two, stolen art has proven to be an issue that...


The Criminalization of Abortion in the West

by Wolfgang P. Müller Cornell University Press (May 22, 2012)

Anyone who wants to understand how abortion has been treated historically in the western legal tradition must first come to terms with two quite different but interrelated historical trajectories. On one hand,...


Hear My Sad Story

by Richard Polenberg Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

In 2015, Bob Dylan said, "I learned lyrics and how to write them from listening to folk songs. And I played them, and I met other people that played them, back when nobody was doing it. Sang nothing but these...


The Consumption of Justice

by Daniel Lord Smail Cornell University Press

In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the ideas and practices of justice in Europe underwent significant change as procedures were transformed and criminal and civil caseloads grew apace. Drawing on the...


Dirt for Art's Sake

by Elisabeth Ladenson Cornell University Press (November 26, 2012)

In Dirt for Art's Sake, Elisabeth Ladenson recounts the most visible of modern obscenity trials involving scandalous books and their authors. What, she asks, do these often-colorful legal histories have to tell...


Withces, Wife Beaters, and Whores

by Elaine Forman Crane Cornell University Press

The early American legal system permeated the lives of colonists and reflected their sense of what was right and wrong, honorable and dishonorable, moral and immoral. In a compelling book full of the extraordinary...


The Morning Breaks

by Bettina Aptheker Cornell University Press

On August 7, 1970, a revolt by Black prisoners in a Marin County courthouse stunned the nation. In its aftermath, Angela Davis, an African American activist-scholar who had campaigned vigorously for prisoners'...


The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book

by David L Hudson Visible Ink Press (October 01, 2007)

From the origins of the court to modern practical matters—including the federal judiciary system, the Supreme Court’s session schedule, and the argument, decision, and appeal process—this resource provides...


The Body of Property: Antebellum American Fiction and the Phenomenology of Possession

by Chad Luck American Literatures Initiative (September 15, 2014)

Explores the embodied aspects of ownership and private property as these emerge in a range of American literary texts across the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.


Crime At El Escorial

by D. J. Walker UPA (August 01, 2014)

Crime at El Escorial presents a comparative social and judicial analysis of an 1892 child murder, drawing from newspaper archives among other historical documents. D.J. Walker discusses the role of Spain’s...