New Books in the Library – January 2015

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American Law 101: An Easy Primer on the U.S. Legal System

Kim, Jasper
KF385 .K56 2015


Suffering and Bioethics book coverContents: How to think like an American lawyer — The American legal system made easy — Contracts I — Contracts II — Torts — Constitutional law — Criminal law and procedure — International business law (an American law perspective) — International business law (an American law perspective) — International public law : an American law perspective — Alternative dispute resolution and civil litigation.

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Attacking Judges: How Campaign Advertising Influences State Supreme Court Elections

Hall, Melinda Gann
KF8776 .H35 2015


Attacking Judges book coverAttacking Judges takes a close look at the effects of televised advertising, including harsh attacks, on state supreme court elections. Author Melinda Gann Hall investigates whether these divisive elections have damaging consequences for representative democracy. To do this, Hall focuses on two key aspects of those elections: the vote shares of justices seeking reelection and the propensity of state electorates to vote. In doing so, Attacking Judges explores vital dimensions of the conventional wisdom that campaign politics has deleterious consequences for judges, voters, and state judiciaries.

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Detroit: An American Autopsy

LeDuff, Charlie
HC108.D6 L44 2013


Suffering and Bioethics book coverAn explosive expose of Detroit, icon of America’s lost prosperity, from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff. Back in his broken hometown, LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family’s, and his own. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation’s poorest. It is an eerie and angry place of deserted factories and abandoned homes and forgotten people. LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city, and shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer.

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An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research

Epstein, Lee
K85 .E678 2014


Suffering and Bioethics book coverIs the death penalty a more effective deterrent than lengthy prison sentences? Does a judge’s gender influence their decisions? Do independent judiciaries promote economic freedom? Answering such questions requires empirical evidence, and arguments based on empirical research have become an everyday part of legal practice, scholarship, and teaching. In litigation judges are confronted with empirical evidence in cases ranging from bankruptcy and taxation to criminal law and environmental infringement. In academia researchers are increasingly turning to sophisticated empirical methods to assess and challenge fundamental assumptions about the law.

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Judging Statutes

Katzmann, Robert A.
KF425 .K38 2014


Suffering and Bioethics book coverSome judges, such as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, believe courts should look to the language of the statute and virtually nothing else. Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit respectfully disagrees. In Judging Statutes, Katzmann, who is a trained political scientist as well as a judge, argues that our constitutional system charges Congress with enacting laws; therefore, how Congress makes its purposes known through both the laws themselves and reliable accompanying materials should be respected. He looks at how the American government works, including how laws come to be and how various agencies construe legislation.

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Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching

Palloff, Rena M.
LB1044.87 .P34 2013


Suffering and Bioethics book coverRena Palloff and Keith Pratt, the most trusted online teaching experts, have completely updated and revised this classic to reflect changes in technology and advances in online teaching made in the last decade, in order to meet today’s online learning challenges. The book continues to offer helpful suggestions for dealing with such critical issues as evaluating effective tools, working with online classroom dynamics, addressing the special needs of online students, making the transition to online teaching, and promoting the development of the learning community. Filled with numerous examples from actual online courses and insights from teachers and students, new topics include the open source movement, Web 2.0, Google groups, and topics for the K–12 sector.

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Secrecy in the Sunshine Era: The Promise and Failures of U.S. Open Government Laws

Arnold, Jason Ross
KF5753 .A976 2014


Suffering and Bioethics book coverA series of laws passed in the 1970s promised the nation unprecedented transparency in government, a veritable “sunshine era.” Though citizens enjoyed a new arsenal of secrecy-busting tools, officials developed a handy set of workarounds, from over classification to concealment, shredding, and burning. It is this dark side of the sunshine era that Jason Ross Arnold explores in the first comprehensive, comparative history of presidential resistance to the new legal regime, from Reagan-Bush to the first term of Obama-Biden.After examining what makes a necessary and unnecessary secret, Arnold considers the causes of excessive secrecy, and why we observe variation across administrations. While some administrations deserve the scorn of critics for exceptional secrecy, the book shows excessive secrecy was a persistent problem well before 9/11, during Democratic and Republican administrations alike. Regardless of party, administrations have consistently worked to weaken the system’s legal foundations.

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