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Norris’ Liberal Opinions shares the life of a judge and lawyer who made a difference

Author of the controversial but prescient judicial opinion striking down the ban on gays in the military — two decades before the Supreme Court finally recognized such equal rights — Bill Norris made law and waves on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Yet his legal and civic life before and after, though less well [...]

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Barbara Babcock’s memoir Fish Raincoats recounts a woman lawyer’s “firsts”

The life and times of a trailblazing feminist in American law. The first female Stanford law professor was also first director of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, one of the first women to be an Assistant Attorney General of the United States, and the biographer of California’s first woman lawyer, Clara Foltz. Survivor, [...]

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Meir Dan-Cohen’s 2nd edition of the recognized study Rights, Persons, and Organizations asks why corporations are legally persons

Corporations have legal rights, and so do many other large-scale organizations. But what does it mean to ascribe rights and “personhood” to such entities, and what is the rationale for doing so? These are central questions for an organizational society such as ours, and yet they have received consistently little attention in modern political and [...]

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Murphy’s classic Elements of Judicial Strategy is back, adding a new Foreword by Lee Epstein & Jack Knight

Now in a readily available, modern presentation, and adding a substantive 2016 Foreword by Lee Epstein and Jack Knight, this classic of law and political science is presented to a new generation of thoughtful observers of the U.S. Supreme Court and how its justices create judicial decisions. As Epstein and Knight write, this book is [...]

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