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Law in America

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Law in America: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)
Law in America: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)
The Modern Scholar: The American Legal Experience
The Modern Scholar: The American Legal Experience
Law: A Very Short Introduction
Law: A Very Short Introduction
American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction
The Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction
A Time to Speak: Selected Writings and Arguments (American Ideals & Institutions)
A Time to Speak: Selected Writings and Arguments (American Ideals & Institutions)
The Essential Words and Writings of Clarence Darrow (Modern Library Classics)
The Essential Words and Writings of Clarence Darrow (Modern Library Classics)
"(1857-1938) an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb (1924) and defending John T. Scopes in the so-called 'Monkey' Trial (1925)"
Closing Arguments: Clarence Darrow on Religion, Law, and Society
Closing Arguments: Clarence Darrow on Religion, Law, and Society
The Essential Holmes: Selections from the Letters, Speeches, Judicial Opinions, and Other Writings of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The Essential Holmes: Selections from the Letters, Speeches, Judicial Opinions, and Other Writings of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
"(1841–1935) an American jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932. Noted for his long service, his concise and pithy opinions, and his deference to the decisions of elected legislatures, he is one of the most widely cited U.S. Supreme Court justices in history"
The Fundamental Holmes: A Free Speech Chronicle and Reader - Selections from the Opinions, Books, Articles, Speeches, Letters and Other Writings by and about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The Fundamental Holmes: A Free Speech Chronicle and Reader - Selections from the Opinions, Books, Articles, Speeches, Letters and Other Writings by and about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
John Marshall: Writings (Library of America)
John Marshall: Writings (Library of America)
"200 Supreme Court rulings, letters, speeches, essays, and other documents written between 1779 and 1835. As its Chief Justice from 1801 to 1835, Marshall made the Supreme Court a full and equal branch of the federal government."
The Bramble Bush: The Classic Lectures on the Law and Law School
The Bramble Bush: The Classic Lectures on the Law and Law School
Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror
Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror
God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law
God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law
"Hamilton, a self-professed former "Polyanna" when it comes to religion, explores the thorny conflicts between religion and society, detailing how some religious groups and institutions misuse laws intended to protect religious freedoms to justify child abuse, employment discrimination and other ills."
The American Supreme Court: Fifth Edition (The Chicago History of American Civilization)
The American Supreme Court: Fifth Edition (The Chicago History of American Civilization)
"First published more than forty years ago, Harvard professor Robert G. McCloskey's classic work on the Supreme Court's role in constructing the U.S. Constitution has introduced generations of students to the workings of our nation's highest court"
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court
Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court
"Edward Lazarus, a former Supreme Court clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, spills the beans on an institution that values silence. Lazarus, now a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, tells all he knows from his time as a top aide to Blackmun in the Supreme Court's 1988 term."
A People's History of the Supreme Court: The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped OurConstitution: Revised  Edition
A People's History of the Supreme Court: The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped OurConstitution: Revised Edition
The Pig Farmer's Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice: Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to the Present
The Pig Farmer's Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice: Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to the Present
"In eight original essays, the head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission offers engaging and elucidating legal analysis, social commentary, and historical perspective on the law controlling sexual choices. Essential reading for any serious student of race, gender roles and relations, or U.S. history, law, or society."
Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse
Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse
The Lure of the Law: Why People Become Lawyers, and What the Profession Does to Them
The Lure of the Law: Why People Become Lawyers, and What the Profession Does to Them
"Attorneys of diverse specialties were surveyed about their attitudes toward the law and their colleagues; some complained of 'treadmill careers' while others admitted to losing the idealism of their youth. Moll presents lively autobiographies and penetrating analyses of successful, aspiring and former lawyers."
The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? Second Edition (American Politics and Political Economy Series)
The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? Second Edition (American Politics and Political Economy Series)
Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity
Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity
Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice
Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice
Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect its Children
Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect its Children
"In Justice Denied, Hamilton predicts a coming civil rights movement for children and explains why it is in the interest of all Americans to eliminate the arbitrary statutes of limitation for childhood sexual abuse to allow victims the chance to seek justice when they are ready."
Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911 (Modern Library Classics)
Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911 (Modern Library Classics)
"Memoirs by the wife of a noted Supreme Court justice, John Marshall Harlan. Justice Harlan, though a former slave-holder, is remembered for his lone and eloquent dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson, the case that established the doctrine of 'separate but equal.'"
The Killing of Karen Silkwood: The Story Behind the Kerr-McGee Plutonium Case, Second Edition
The Killing of Karen Silkwood: The Story Behind the Kerr-McGee Plutonium Case, Second Edition
"Karen Silkwood, an employee of the Kerr-McGee plutonium processing plant, was killed in a car crash on her way to deliver important documents to a newspaper reporter in 1974. Silkwood was a union activist concerned about health and safety issues at the plant, and her death at age twenty-eight was considered by many to be highly suspicious."
The Killing of Bonnie Garland: A Question of Justice
The Killing of Bonnie Garland: A Question of Justice
"A critique of the insanity plea"