New Arrivals in the Law Library...
April 2013

DISROBED: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge
KF8775 .B58 2012
By Block, Frederic

Get a unique look at the life and trials of Federal District Court Judge Frederic Block, whose bench sits in the heart of New York City. The book was written for the general public in an effort to explain, in practical terms, the perspective behind some of the most newsworthy and sensational cases of the last 20 years. The Judge discusses the death penalty, racketeering, gun laws, drug laws, discrimination laws, race riots, terrorism, and foreign affairs, as well as the more humble aspects of being a man on the bench.

MURDER AT THE SUPREME COURT: Lethal Crimes and Landmark Cases
KF9227 .C2 C54 2013
By Clancy, Martin

Veteran journalists Martin Clancy and Tim O'Brien not only pull back the curtain of secrecy that surrounds Supreme Court deliberations but also reveal the crucial links between landmark capital-punishment cases and the lethal crimes at their root. The authors take readers to crime scenes, holding cells, jury rooms, autopsy suites, and execution chambers to provide true-life reporting on vicious criminals and the haphazard system that punishes them. The cases reported are truly "the cases that made the law." They have defined the parameters that judges must follow for a death sentence to stand up on appeal.

CONSTITUTIONAL MYTHS: What we Get Wrong and How to Get It Right
KF4541 .R375 2013
By Raphael, Ray

By entering the world of the Constitution's framers, and experiencing it one day after the next as they did, Ray Raphael helps us understand how and why they created the document they did. Casting aside preconceptions and commonly held beliefs, he asks provocative questions that get to the heart of the document and its purposes: Was the aim of the Constitution really to limit government? Why didn't the framers include a Bill of Rights? Did they hate taxes? Was James Madison actually the "Father of the Constitution," as proclaimed in our textbooks? Can we find the true meaning of the Constitution by reading The Federalist Papers or by revealing the framers' "original intent"? The answers to these questions are bound to surprise and enlighten.

ACTING WHITE?: Rethinking Race in "Post-Racial" America
KF384 . C37 2013
By Carbado, Devin W.

In Acting White?, leading scholars of race and the law Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati argue that, in spite of decades of racial progress and the pervasiveness of multicultural rhetoric, racial judgments are often based not just on skin color, but on how a person conforms to behavior stereotypically associated with a certain race. Specifically, racial minorities are judged on how they "perform" their race. This performance pervades every aspect of their daily life, whether it's the clothes they wear, the way they style their hair, the institutions with which they affiliate, their racial politics, the people they befriend, date or marry, where they live, how they speak, and their outward mannerisms and demeanor. Employing these cues, decision-makers decide not simply whether a person is black but the degree to which she or he is so. Relying on numerous examples from the workplace, higher education, and police interactions, the authors demonstrate that, for African Americans, the costs of "acting black" are high, and so are the pressures to "act white." But, as the authors point out, "acting white" has costs as well. Provocative yet never doctrinaire, Acting White? will boldly challenge your assumptions and make you think about racial prejudice from a fresh vantage point.

MATH ON TRIAL: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom
K2290 .S73 S36 2013
By Schneps, Leila

In Math on Trial, mathematicians Leila Schneps and Coralie Colmez describe ten trials spanning from the nineteenth century to today, in which mathematical arguments were used--and disastrously misused--as evidence. They tell the stories of Sally Clark, who was accused of murdering her children by a doctor with a faulty sense of calculation; of nineteenth-century tycoon Hetty Green, whose dispute over her aunt's will became a signal case in the forensic use of mathematics; and of the case of Amanda Knox, in which a judge's misunderstanding of probability led him to discount critical evidence--which might have kept her in jail. Offering a fresh angle on cases from the nineteenth-century Dreyfus affair to the murder trial of Dutch nurse Lucia de Berk, Schneps and Colmez show how the improper application of mathematical concepts can mean the difference between walking free and life in prison.

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Simon, Karla W. Civil society in China : the legal framework from ancient times to the "new reform era". Oxford [UK] ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013. KNQ522 .S56 2013

(2) BLOCK, FREDERIC, 1934.
Block, Frederic. Disrobed : an inside look at the life and work of a federal trial judge. Eagan, Minn. : West, c2012. KF8775 .B58 2012

Clancy, Martin. Murder at the Supreme Court : lethal crimes and landmark cases. Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2013. KF9227.C2 C54 2013

Raphael, Ray. Constitutional myths : what we get wrong and how to get it right. New York : The New Press, 2013. KF4541 .R375 2013

Adams, Cynthia M. Drafting contracts in legal English : cross-border agreements governed by U.S. law. New York : Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2013. K840 .A925 2013

Rosen, Michael. Dignity : its history and meaning. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012. BJ1533.R42 R67 2012

Carbado, Devon W. Acting White? : rethinking race in "post-racial" America. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013. KF384 .C37 2013

Schneps, Leila. Math on trial : how numbers get used and abused in the courtroom. New York : Basic Books, 2013. K2290.S73 S36 2013

Bradley, Curtis A. International law in the U.S. legal system. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2013. KF4581 .B73 2013

Legal education in the digital age. Cambridge [UK] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012. K100 .L45 2012

(11) MARSHALL, THURGOOD, 1908-1993.
Gibson, Larry S. Young Thurgood : the making of a Supreme Court Justice. Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, c2012. KF8745.M34 G536 2012

Chen, Alan, author. Public interest lawyering : a contemporary perspective. New York : Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2013. KF299.P8 C44 2013

Kleiman, Matthew J. The little book of space law. Chicago, Illinois : American Bar Association, 2013. KZD1145 .K49 2013

Lefever, Katrien. New media and sport : international legal aspects. The Hague, Netherlands : T.M.C. Asser Press, 2012. K3702 .L44 2012

Use of foreign precedents by constitutional judges. Oxford ; Portland, Or.: Hart, 2013. K574 .U74 2013

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