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New Titles - December 2018
Fugitive Slaves and Spaces of Freedom in North America
Call Number: E450 .F957 2018
This volume introduces a new way to study the experiences of runaway slaves by defining different “spaces of freedom” they inhabited. It also provides a groundbreaking continental view of fugitive slave migration, moving beyond the usual regional or national approaches to explore locations in Canada, the U.S. North and South, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Using newspapers, advertisements, and new demographic data, contributors show how events like the Revolutionary War and westward expansion shaped the slave experience.
Contributors investigate sites of formal freedom, where slavery was abolished and refugees were legally free, to determine the extent to which fugitive slaves experienced freedom in places like Canada while still being subject to racism. In sites of semiformal freedom, as in the northern United States, fugitives’ claims to freedom were precarious because state abolition laws conflicted with federal fugitive slave laws. Contributors show how local committees strategized to interfere with the work of slave catchers to protect refugees. Sites of informal freedom were created within the slaveholding South, where runaways who felt relocating to distant destinations was too risky formed maroon communities or attempted to blend in with free black populations. These individuals procured false documents or changed their names to avoid detection and pass as free.
The essays discuss slaves’ motivations for choosing these destinations, the social networks that supported their plans, what it was like to settle in their new societies, and how slave flight impacted broader debates about slavery. This volume redraws the map of escape and emancipation during this period, emphasizing the importance of place in defining the meaning and extent of freedom.
Guns on the Internet: Online Gun Communities, First Amendment Protections, and the Search for Common Ground on Gun Control
Call Number: HV7436 .H376 2019
Gun rights and control are well-trodden subjects, with prior work supporting the right of citizens to own firearms, discussing the failure of gun control efforts, or warning about or exhorting citizen gun ownership, among other things. Although social media in their many forms have only come to dominate modern U.S. life during the past decade, there has been little academic exploration of gun owner communities on the Internet and social media. How do gun owners use social media? How do they meet other gun owners online? What do they talk about as relates to guns? With a massive and well-organized collection of support material, Guns on the Internet faces these questions with an unbiased approach that seeks a foundation for mutual understanding.
How to Save a Constitutional Democracy
Call Number: JC423 .G488 2018
Democracies are in danger. Around the world, a rising wave of populist leaders threatens to erode the core structures of democratic self rule. In the United States, the election of Donald Trump marked a decisive turning point for many. What kind of president calls the news media the “enemy of the American people,” or sees a moral equivalence between violent neo-Nazi protesters in paramilitary formation and residents of a college town defending the racial and ethnic diversity of their homes? Yet, whatever our concerns about the current president, we can be assured that the Constitution offers safeguards to protect against lasting damage—or can we?
How to Save a Constitutional Democracy mounts an urgent argument that we can no longer afford to be complacent. Drawing on a rich array of other countries’ experiences with democratic backsliding, Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq show how constitutional rules can either hinder or hasten the decline of democratic institutions. The checks and balances of the federal government, a robust civil society and media, and individual rights—such as those enshrined in the First Amendment—do not necessarily succeed as bulwarks against democratic decline. Rather, Ginsburg and Huq contend, the sobering reality for the United States is that, to a much greater extent than is commonly realized, the Constitution’s design makes democratic erosion more, not less, likely. Its structural rigidity has had the unforeseen consequence of empowering the Supreme Court to fill in some details—often with doctrines that ultimately facilitate rather than inhibit the infringement of rights. Even the bright spots in the Constitution—the First Amendment, for example—may have perverse consequences in the hands of a deft communicator, who can degrade the public sphere by wielding hateful language that would be banned in many other democracies. But we—and the rest of the world—can do better. The authors conclude by laying out practical steps for how laws and constitutional design can play a more positive role in managing the risk of democratic decline.
Justice Perverted: The Molestation Mistrial of Richard Charles Haefner
Call Number: KF224.H23 S52 2018
In 1975, Dr. Richard Charles Haefner had it all--a Ph.D. from Penn State University, a prestigious job offer with UCLA and a thriving family business. Then it all came crashing down. Two boys who worked for Haefner accused him of sexual molestation, but allegations of police brutality, prosecutorial misconduct, bribery and corruption soon overshadowed what seemed like an "open-and-shut-case," ultimately resulting in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's amending state law.
Drawing on interviews and recently discovered documents, the author revisits the case and explores a number of open questions--including whether Haefner was set up by police as he claimed.
Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law, 5th edition
Call Number: KF387 .F45 2018
In this fifth edition of his bestselling classic, Jay Feinman provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of the American legal system. In the years since the publication of the fourth edition, there have been many important developments on the legal front. The Supreme Court has issued important decisions on presidential powers, freedom of religion, and personal liberty. Police shootings and the rise of Black Lives Matter has impacted the court system too. The rise of arbitration at the expense of jury trials has affected the rights of consumers, and internet law remains in a state of constant change.
This fully updated fifth edition of Law 101 accounts for all these developments and more, as Feinman once again provides a clear introduction to American law. The book covers all the main subjects taught in the first year of law school, and discusses every facet of the American legal tradition, including constitutional law, the litigation process, and criminal, property, and contracts law.
To illustrate how the legal system works, Feinman draws from noteworthy, infamous, and even outrageous examples and cases. We learn about the case involving scalding coffee that cost McDonald's half a million dollars, the murder trial in Victorian London that gave us the legal definition of insanity, and the epochal decision of Marbury vs. Madison that gave the Supreme Court the power to declare state and federal law unconstitutional. A key to learning about the law is understanding legal vocabulary, and Feinman helps by clarifying terms like "due process" and "equal protection," as well as by drawing distinctions between terms like "murder" and "manslaughter."
Above all, Feinman reveals to readers of all kinds that despite its complexities and quirks, the law can be understood by everyone. Perfect for students contemplating law school, journalists covering legislature, or even casual fans of "court-television" shows, Law 101 is a clear and accessible introduction to the American legal system.
The Law of Failure: A Tour Through the Wilds of American Business Insolvency Law
Call Number: KF1539 .L93 2018
If a broker-dealer liquidates in federal bankruptcy court, why does an insurance company liquidate in state court, and a bank outside of court altogether? Why do some businesses re-organize under state law 'assignments', rather than the more well-known Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code? Why do some laws use the language of bankruptcy but without advancing policy goals of the Bankruptcy Code? In this illuminating work, Stephen J. Lubben tackles these questions and many others related to the collective law of business insolvency in the United States. In the first book of its kind, Lubben notes the broad similarities between the many insolvency systems in the United States while describing the fundamental differences lurking therein. By considering the whole sweep of these laws - running the gamut from Chapter 11 to obscure receivership provisions of the National Bank Act - readers will acquire a fundamental understanding of the 'law of failure'.
A Practitioner's Guide to Tax Evidence: A Primer on the Federal Rules of Evidence As Applied by the Tax Court, 2nd edition
Call Number: KF6324 .L37 2017 - 2nd floor
A must-read for anyone preparing for trial before the U.S. Tax Court, the Second Edition of A Practitioner's Guide to Tax Evidence: A Primer on the Federal Rules of Evidence As Applied by the Tax Court takes the reader step-by-step through the Federal Rules of Evidence as applied by the Tax Court and brings coverage of Tax Court opinions current through early 2017. This compilation results in an easy-to-follow collection of cases to support or guide a practitioner facing an evidentiary problem before the Tax Court. New material in the Second Edition includes:
Information as to why an appellate court reversed the Tax Court's evidentiary decision (and, where applicable, why it affirmed the Tax Court's decision).
Information about splits of authority in the appellate courts regarding evidentiary issues.
Significantly more examples of how the Tax Court has applied the rules of evidence.
The condensed and well-organized sections allow one to easily spot a particular issue or the Evidentiary Rule at hand and to find the supporting cases, and the case discussions have sufficient detail to allow the reader to know whether to go and read the full case. The brief summary of requirements of the major rules presented along with dozens of practice pointers assist the practitioner in charting the proof necessary to succeed.
Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian, 24th edition
Call Number: E76.2 .R4 - Greenan
Compilation of source materials on the North American Indians, including Government agencies, museums, libraries, associations, monuments, reservations, tribal councils, arts and crafts shops, magazines, periodicals, and college courses, with a introduction by the Secretary of the interior.
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identities, and the Law: A Research Bibliography, 2006-2016, 3rd edition
Call Number: KF4754.5.A1 S49 2018 - Greenan
This is the third published iteration of an ongoing commitment by the Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The legal terrain on LGBT issues changes quickly, and a good bibliography can bring a practitioner or scholar quickly up to speed. This timely new volume provides a bibliometric analysis of legal scholarship to evaluate the development of scholarly trends, patterns, and major themes. It includes brief introductory overviews of each section and highlights substantive legislative and judiciary changes. This new book provides clarity of language by incorporating a detailed glossary in the front of the volume, and is revolutionary in its authorship approach: doctrinal and bibliographic experts have united their voices collaboratively to provide the most expert views of this area.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Commentary
Call Number: K637.A42007 U53 2018 - Greenan
This treatise is a detailed article-by-article examination of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Each article of the CRPD contains a methodical analysis of the preparatory works, followed by an exhaustive examination of the contents of each article based on case law and concluding observations from the CRPD Committee, judgments from national and international courts and tribunals, pertinent UN and other reports, and literature on the topic in question.
Although primarily addressed to lawyers, the volume features commentary from a broad range of scholars across a variety of disciplines in order to provide a comprehensive study of the legal, psychological, education, sociological, and other aspects of the CPRD. This encyclopaedic commentary on the CRPD effectively covers all the issues arising from international disability law and practice.
Wildlife Law & Ethics: A U.S. Perspective
Call Number: KF5640 .W55 2017
Exploring how the law can be used to influence the lives of the billions of individual animals we call wildlife, the approach that Wildlife Law & Ethics takes is first to present the law as a solid background and then provide social context regarding the circumstances facing the global community. Therefore, it is framed around specific issues rather than laws. Organizing the chapters around these focused areas of influence makes the related legal complexities understandable to attorneys as well as others involved with or concerned about animal welfare and survival and avoids being too focused on specific animals or the acts of certain industries or individuals. Chapters are framed around specific issues, including protecting species from extinction, illegal wildlife trade, exploitation and neglect of the world's oceans, and evolving perceptions of captive wild animals, and include one or more case studies.
Once the issues are laid out, each chapter includes one or more case studies that demonstrate the tensions arising in this area and how the law has been applied, or manipulated, to serve desired ends. While these include references for further legal research, these cases are clearly presented in a manner that is easy to comprehend for the lay reader. The facts and relevant laws in each case speak volumes about the threats to wildlife, such as the competition for habitat, the pollution of the oceans, climate change, and the exploitation of species themselves. Finally, the book's contributors, each a well-known authority in their area, provide meaningful insights into the moral dilemmas and conflicts that accompany legal decisions that greatly affect the lives of wild animals.
Wildlife advocates often hear the questions: “What can I do personally to help animals in the wild? What actions can I take that will truly make a difference?” Wild animals, unlike companion animals, are usually in distant lands or public parks rather than in our own backyards, making our ability to help seem beyond the reach of an individual or local lawyer. The reality is much different, and after reading this book, no one should see his or her role in wildlife protection as limited or nonexistent. By understanding the issues and the laws, it is clear how the products we buy, the entertainment we choose, and the votes we cast have a direct impact on wildlife and the environment.
The Death Penalty (Concepts and Insights)
Call Number: KF9227.C2 G37 2018 - Reserve
The death penalty is contested across modern social, political, academic, and legal institutions, and this interdisciplinary text helps readers analyze that debate. It begins with Furman v. Georgia, which doubles as the Supreme Court’s only decision striking down the death penalty and as the origin of modern American capital punishment. The text explores the legal rules and moral reasoning behind the principle that the death penalty be reserved for the worst offenders, as well as the most uncomfortable realities of American capital punishment―the likelihood of wrongful executions and the undeniable influence of race on death penalty practice. Discussion of law and theory is always supplemented with appropriate empirical studies, and is connected to the practice of lawyers on the ground. The text concludes with a glimpse to the future of the death penalty, and situates the increasingly exceptional American experience in an international context. This legal material is carefully presented so as to remain accessible to non-lawyers, and it is intended for anyone with an interest in capital punishment.
Immigration Simulations: Bridge to Practice
Call Number: KF4819.85 .J44 2018 - Reserve
“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.” – Yogi Berra
Immigration law changes quickly and often. Not just small changes, but sweeping changes to substance and procedure that often require practitioners to adapt to and re-learn entire categories of law. Written as a novel and guided by directed questions and assignments, this book immerses students in the stories of real-life clients to provide a birds-eye view of the lawyering skills and substantive law involved in the practice of immigration law. The text follows two primary real-life client stories, designed to provide the experience of working a case from beginning to end. Several shorter, real-life client scenarios highlight particularly challenging aspects of substantive and procedural immigration practice as it stood at the beginning of 2018. Students develop strategies and advise clients on potential courses of action in a diverse range of situations, using real case documents. Rather than working with a set of predetermined facts extracted from a legal opinion, students learn to cut through the noise and identify information to frame and develop cases. The engaging material also lends itself to classroom exploration and discussion.
A Student's Guide to Trial Objections, 5th edition
Call Number: KF8935.Z9 .G53 2018 - Reserve
This guide is a quick reference to various ways in which the courts have translated the text of the Federal Rules of Evidence. It is useful for students enrolled in trial practice courses and clinics and is also helpful as an adjunct reference for students taking basic and advanced evidence courses. The 2018 edition includes dozens of recent civil and criminal cases from all of the federal circuits and includes the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence with respect to Ancient Documents and Self-Authenticating Evidence effective December 1, 2017.
Transactional Skills: How to Structure and Document a Deal, 2nd edition
Call Number: KF250 .S47 2019 - Reserve
This book is designed to help train law students in the skills needed for successful transactional lawyering. Through carefully designed text and exercises, the first part of the book helps students understand and strategically use the different types of contract terms, translate deal terms to precise contract language, use forms appropriately, and spot and resolve ambiguity. Students also practice deal design, due diligence, and negotiating contract language.
The second part of the book consists of four simulated commercial transactions through which students further develop their transactional lawyering skills by structuring, negotiating, and documenting a deal on behalf of a one of the parties to the transaction.
Most of the exercises are based on recent cases or the documents used in real transactions, and thus are both realistic and timely. The exercises are also scaffolded – that is, for each skill, they are presented in order of increasing length and complexity – to facilitate student learning. Throughout, the authors emphasize the importance of knowing the law applicable to the transaction and to each particular term, and how that knowledge should affect how a clause is drafted or a transaction is structured.
Black Sheep - DVD
Call Number: DVD B587 - First Floor DVD Collection
A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.
Another timely reminder that election laws matter.
Die Hard - DVD
Call Number: DVD D54 - First Floor DVD Collection
Bruce Willi stars as New York City Detective John McClane, newly arrived in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia). But as Mclane waits for his wife's office party to break up, terrorist take control of the building. While the terrorist leader, Hans gruber (Alexander Godunov) round up hostages, McClane slips away unnoticed. Armed with only a service revolver and his cunning, McClane launches his own one-man war. A crackling thriller from beginning to end, Die Hard explodes with heart-stopping suspense.
A beloved Christmas movie. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.
The Escape Artist
Call Number: DVD E75 - First Floor DVD Collection
David Tennant stars as Will Burton, a junior barrister who specializes in spiriting people out of tight legal corners, hence his nickname The Escape Artist. Much to the aggravation of his courtroom rival, Maggie Gardner (Sophie Okonedo), Will has never lost a case. Wills talents acquit serial killer Liam Foyle of murder, and it is only a matter of time until Foyle kills again.
Highfalutin stuff from PBS, starring the guy from Doctor Who.
The Lion in Winter - DVD
Call Number: DVD L566 - First Floor DVD Collection
Behind the great stone walls of an English castle, the world's most powerful empire is in crisis. Three sons struggle to win their father's favor as well as his crown. King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and his queen, Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn), engage in a battle of royal wits that pits elder son Richard (Anthony Hopkins) against his brothers, while the cunning King Philip of France (Timothy Dalton) takes advantage of the internal fracturing in his bid to destroy their kingdom.
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels - DVD
Call Number: DVD L63 - First Floor DVD Collection
Locked 'n Loaded with extra footage never seen in theaters and extreme new bonus features, this criminally funny film takes fans on a crime spree that's more edgy and hilarious than ever before! Streetwise charmer Eddie (Nick Moran) enters the biggest card game of his life with the savings of his three best friends: Tom (Jason Flemyng), Bacon (Jason Statham) and Soap (Dexter Fletcher). But he leaves the table owing his underworld boss Hatchet Harry half a million and has a week to come up with the money. Now Eddie and his friends must outsmart and outgun all types of lowlifes on their way to pay off Harry before time runs out.
The prequel to Snatch. Has lots of legal issues.
The Santa Clause - DVD
Call Number: DVD S26 - First Floor DVD Collection
When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
The finer points of contract law with an interpretation of a contract clause.
Snatch - DVD
Call Number: DVD S591 - First Floor DVD Collection
Guy Ritchie, writer/director of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, delivers another awe-inspiring directorial masterpiece, SNATCH - an edgy and hilarious film about a diamond heist gone wrong, a colorful Irish gypsy-turned-prize fighter...and a very temperamental dog.
In the heart of gangland, two novice unlicensed boxing promoters, Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), get roped into organizing a rigged bare-knuckle fight with local kingpin/villain and fellow boxing promoter Brick Top (Alan Ford). But all goes wrong when wildcard Irish gypsy boxer One Punch Mickey O'Neil (Brad Pitt) starts playing by his own rules, and the duo find themselves heading for a whole lot of trouble.
Meanwhile, Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) and his stolen 86-carat diamond have gone missing in London. Head honcho Avi (Dennis Farina) hires local legend Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find them, launching everyone into a spiral of double-crossing vendettas and events, most of them illegal.
All sorts of legal issues pop up in this movie, including the law of mobile homes.
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