Justice Louis D. Brandeis fervently believed in economic justice, freedom of speech and freedom against unreasonable search and seizure. His words and opinions are most relevant to the times we live in.
From trigger, to consent, to offsets, to stacking, it is all there for the taking, along with a chapter containing the forms, charts and regulations that practitioners need to be close at hand.
In his new book on the U.S. Supreme Court, James Zirin argues that it has become a "political court" because the modern justices' personal factors, such as their background, race, and sex, influence their judgments. He contends that these influences are illegitimate, producing policy choices on ideological grounds that have nothing to do with the Constitution.
Enhanced by revealing passages from the collected papers of three Burger Court members, this is a worthwhile book which reminds us that, in the words of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, the life of the law is not logic, but experiences.
Guilt is a powerful human emotion, and white guilt is what Lewis Steel places at the heart of his autobiographical recounting of his storied career as a civil rights lawyer.
Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 promised to improve the lives of working women, because it proscribed discrimination "because of sex." As chronicled in Gillian Thomas' new book, however, the protections and opportunities women enjoy in the 2016 workplace have truly been created by a group of courageous women who used Title VII to fight sexism all the way to the Supreme Court.
Back in the day, the first stop for any judge newly assigned to a domestic violence part was a field trip to the Brooklyn courtroom of state Supreme Court Justice John Michael Leventhal. Leventhal, the presiding judge of the nation's first felony domestic violence court, was the embodiment of intelligence, compassion and common sense in a twilight zone where mostly male abusers controlled their female victims through physical violence and emotional terror.
Neuroscientist Shane O'Mara's book, "Why Torture Doesn't Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation," attempts to bridge the gap between what we think we know about how torture works and what neuroscientists and other researchers really do know.
As the longest serving NYPD commissioner, Ray Kelly diversified the department, created a world-class anti-terrorism operation, and oversaw a proactive program of community policing that contributed to a dramatic reduction of violent crime. In a lively memoir, Kelly recounts his long career and answers his critics.
Examining the history of the law is an important way to understand our current human circumstance. In "The Law Book," Michael H. Roffer, attorney, associate librarian, and professor of legal research at New York Law School, sifts through thousands of years of human history and presents the reader with a chronological collection of 250 milestones in the law.
Life in a big law firm is hard. At least that's the case for Mackenzie Corbett, the protagonist of Lindsay Cameron's debut novel, BIGLAW.
While Dr. Dorothy Boulding's name may not be as familiar to us as others who worked in the civil rights movement, her contributions were no less important, and in some cases more life changing, than those of her contemporaries.
The format of this exhaustive work, in the lingo of the Digital Age, is "user-friendly." Its self-conscious design, as in the past editions, is to enable the commercial litigator, whether novice, journeyman or expert, to navigate swiftly and competently, the currents of commercial litigation in New York.
If there is one figure who has paved the way for women attorneys, women in general and the cause of gender equality, it is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This biography is artistic, featuring charts, cartoons, recipes and timelines. But it is also comprehensive.
Diversity in the federal judiciary was virtually nonexistent in 1967. Up to that time, only five blacks had ever been appointed to Article III judgeships. The big break with the past occurred when President Lyndon Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court in June 1967. Wil Haygood has written a compelling book about Marshall's tumultuous confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the first such extended hearings in history.
Since the enactment of the 1994 Federal Death Penalty Act, many indictments have charged crimes that would have allowed the U.S. Department of Justice to seek the death penalty.
While the ostensible thesis of the book is that sisterhood is powerful, the main story that author Linda Hirshman tells us is the story of "The Notorious RBG."
In his new book, Henry Paulson describes China's recent rise to global supremacy and the challenges that lie ahead. Foremost amongst these challenges are reform to the legal and capital market systems. The book is must reading for anyone who is interested in the United States' "pivot to Asia."
Bryan Stevenson has written a gripping memoir that details his modest upbringing, Harvard education, struggles as a black lawyer in the Deep South, frustrations in representing the poor, building a successful public interest law practice from scratch, and triumphs against a criminal justice system that too often (at least 152 times since 1973) sentences innocent people to die.
Richard Norton Smith has written a scholarly and balanced biography of Nelson Rockefeller that portrays the former New York governor as a quintessential man of his times, both in action and passion. Since Al Smith, no governor has left a larger or more controversial footprint on New York.
The protagonist of Ian McEwan's novel, The Children Act, is Fiona Maye, an English High Court Judge assigned to the Family Division, a court described by McEwan as teeming with "special pleading, intimate half-truths" and "exotic accusations," where parents are "dazed to find themselves in vicious combat with the one they once loved," while their children huddle in courthouse corridors.
By now we have a good idea of what is in the recent Senate Torture Report even without reading it. As soon as it became public in December, the media educated us, and in the process seared our consciences about the awful things done in our name. Even so, it is still well worth reading the actual report.
Over the past 25 years, prosecutors have re-investigated approximately 100 murders that occurred during the 1950s and 1960s struggle to challenge "the racial order" of the South. Thirteen cases eventually produced convictions of 23 men. Professor Renee Romano of Oberlin College has written a perceptive book that analyzes the prosecutions and the phenomenon they created. More importantly, she raises hard questions about the premise that America is now a "color blind" society that has fully reckoned with its history of racial violence.
In 1947, New Jersey created the foundation for its nationally acclaimed court system by drafting a completely new constitution during a dramatic summer convention at Rutgers University. In an instant, what had been one of the most convoluted and user-unfriendly legal networks in the country was transformed into a model of reform and accessibility.
Gary Muldoon, a politician, attorney and budding author, pulls no punches about the legal profession in his newest compendium of short stories, lists and life lessons. While some of his advice is slightly purple, the majority is sound and some is pure genius.
The United States houses more people in prison than any nation on the planet, incarcerating 716 people for every 100,000 residents. In fact, our incarceration rate is more than five times higher than most of the countries in the world.
Out-of-state attorneys routinely steeped in contract negotiations, whose breaches or enforcement may ultimately bring them to either of the courthouses on Foley Square or to New York's International Arbitration Center, must, therefore, attain an intimate knowledge of the fundamental and advanced principles of New York contract law. "New York Contract Law: A Guide for Non-New York Attorneys," by Glen Banks of Norton Rose Fulbright, addresses that need in exceptional fashion.
If you're the type of person who thought "The Devil Wears Prada" would have been better retold by an aspiring Supreme Court clerk in an Armani suit, then "Supreme Ambitions" by blogger David Lat is the book for you.
Looking back from the high hill of his 50 years of public service, Leon Panetta has written a memoir that contains thoughtful insights on the art of governing and the importance of compromise.
Robert Fiske's "Prosecutor, Defender, Counselor" is a must-read for lawyers, critics of the legal profession, and anyone looking for an uplifting narrative of a life exceptionally well-lived by an individual of extraordinary talents and uncommon virtue.
Why does the word "attorney" sound more prestigious than "lawyer"? That is the sort of question that four authors explore in a well-written book entitled Lawtalk.
In "The Mother Court," the distinguished trial lawyer James Zirin gives us a richly textured, immensely readable overview of the modern history of the Southern District of New York.
In his praiseworthy new book, "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi expertly examines how, ever since the 2008 financial crisis, the disparity in treatment between rich and poor in our justice system has increased so that now we have reached the proverbial tipping point.
Throughout history, humans have debated how much suffering governments should inflict on criminals, and in his new book, New York Law School Professor Robert Blecker explores the role of retribution in the criminal justice system.
As the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 nears, it is appropriate that the first comprehensive biography has been published of Roy Wilkins, the executive director of the NAACP between 1955 and 1977.
This recently published book was written for new law graduates and those considering attending law school and is designed to aid them in deciding whether a career in law is for them, and if so, how to go about making the most of their chosen field by becoming the best lawyer that they can be.
By David N. Dinkins with Peter Knobler, Public Affairs Books, New York, 385 pages, $29.99
Professor David E. Bernstein of George Mason University School of Law seeks to set the record straight by bestowing respectability on the 'Lochner' case. Not every reader will agree with every step in his reasoning, but it is difficult not to respect his scholarship and conscientious facility of expression.
This book examines the interplay of psychology, law and public policy in an exceedingly controversial area of criminal justice: sex offender laws, examining civil commitment, sex offender registration, child pornography and Internet sex offenses.
Foreigners one day may visit this country to teach our children how our democracy decayed, drop by drop. The text for the course will be Jane Mayer's "The Dark Side." A classically great work of investigative journalism, it is an appalling, profoundly disturbing revelation of the Bush administration's war on terrorism.