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The Case for Impeachment

by Allan J. Lichtman, HarperCollins Publishing, 2017

Published to coincide with the first anniversary of Donald J. Trump’s inauguration and updated with new material and a new introduction, a paperback edition of the critically acclaimed, national bestseller that makes the case for impeaching the 45th president of the United States

In the fall of 2016, Allan Lichtman—the Distinguished Professor of History at American University who has correctly forecasted thirty years of presidential outcomes—made headlines when he predicted that Donald J. Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton, to win the presidency. In this timely, considered volume, written in clear, nonpartisan terms, Lichtman lays out the reasons Congress could remove Trump from the Oval Office: his ties to Russia before and after the election and his possible obstruction of the investigation—including firing F.B.I. Director James Comey—the complicated financial conflicts of interest at home and abroad violating the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, and his abuse of executive authority.

The Case for Impeachment also offers a fascinating look at presidential impeachment proceedings throughout American history, including those involving Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton. Lichtman shows how Trump exhibits many of the flaws (and more) that have doomed past presidents, and argues, with clarity and power, that for Donald Trump’s presidency, smoke has become fire. Historians, legal scholars, and politicians alike agree: we are in politically uncharted waters. The cost to the nation is high: the durability of our institutions is increasingly being undermined and the public’s confidence continues to erode, threatening American democracy itself.

The Insanity Defense: Multidisciplinary Views on Its History, Trends, and Controversies

edited by Mark D. White, Praeger Publishing, 2017

How often is the defense of insanity or temporary insanity for accused criminals valid―or is it ever legitimate? This unique work presents multidisciplinary viewpoints that explain, support, and critique the insanity defense as it stands.

The Insanity Defense presents multidisciplinary coverage of this important topic―one that is typically polarizing for members of the general public. It includes discussions of new advances in neuroscience that have revived debates regarding free will, culpability, and punishment, and it illustrates points with widely publicized and televised trials that have recently increased public awareness of the insanity defense as well as heated debates over its justification.

Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal

by Robert A. Burt, Yale University Press, 2017

The Supreme Court long considered its highest mission to be the protection of individual liberty from intrusion by government, but the court shifted its focus to social and economic equality. Constitutional scholar Robert A. Burt explores this shift and its implications, especially for the legal protection of the vulnerable. Crucial to Burt’s perspective is his unconventional view of the role of judges—not simply to decide disputes, but to promote a respectful dialogue leading to a genuine understanding between parties.

Free Speech on Campus

by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman, Yale University Press, 2017

Hardly a week goes by without another controversy over free speech on college campuses. On one side, there are increased demands to censor hateful, disrespectful, and bullying expression and to ensure an inclusive and nondiscriminatory learning environment. On the other side are traditional free speech advocates who charge that recent demands for censorship coddle students and threaten free inquiry.

In this clear and carefully reasoned book, a university chancellor and a law school dean—both constitutional scholars who teach a course in free speech to undergraduates—argue that campuses must provide supportive learning environments for an increasingly diverse student body but can never restrict the expression of ideas. This book provides the background necessary to understanding the importance of free speech on campus and offers clear prescriptions for what colleges can and can’t do when dealing with free speech controversies.

A Tragic Fate: Law and Ethics in the Battle Over Nazi-Looted Art

by Nicholas M. O'Donnell, Ankerwycke, 2017

The organized theft of fine art by Nazi Germany has captivated worldwide attention in the last twenty years. As much as any other topic arising out of World War Two, stolen art has proven to be an issue that simply will not go away. Newly found works of art pit survivors and their heirs against museums, foreign nations, and even their own family members. These stories are enduring because they speak to one of the core tragedies of the Nazi era: how a nation at the pinnacle of fine art and culture spawned a legalized culture of theft and plunder. 

A Tragic Fate is the first book to address comprehensively the legal and ethical rules that have dictated the results of restitution claims between competing claimants to the same works of art. It provides a history of art and culture in German-occupied Europe, an introduction to the most significant collections in Europe to be targeted by the Nazis, and a narrative of the efforts to reclaim looted artwork in the decades following the Holocaust through profiles of some of the art world's most famous and influential restitution cases.

Pet Law and Custody: Establishing a Worthy and Equitable Jurisprudence for the Evolving Family

by Barbara Joan Gislason, ABA Publishing, 2017

A valuable contribution to legal jurisprudence, this book examines in detail the progression of law that affects animal law in general, and the various aspects that particularly impacts pets and companion animals. Unique, inspiring, and interesting, author Barbara Gislason clarifies how scientific knowledge about the cognitive abilities and emotional characteristics of other animals should lead to legal developments.

Pet Law and Custody provides synthesizes legal and ethical information on how the law affects pets with pertinent case law analysis. This is a very useful and well-crafted work for lawyers. The book takes an in-depth look at the subject of pet custody disputes from many angles. Not only explaining legal topics, such as what judges do in a practical way and how they might approach a case, the book also considers how cultural perspectives, cognitive biases, and points of view impact negotiations, alternative dispute resolutions, and decision-making processes.

Blaming Mothers: American Law and the Risks to Children's Health

by Linda C. Fentiman, New York University Press, 2017

Are mothers truly a danger to their children’s health? In 2004, a mentally disabled young woman in Utah was charged by prosecutors with murder after she declined to have a Caesarian section and subsequently delivered a stillborn child. In 2010, a pregnant woman who attempted suicide when the baby’s father abandoned her was charged with murder and attempted feticide after the daughter she delivered prematurely died. These are just two of the many cases that portray mothers as the major source of health risk for their children. The American legal system is deeply shaped by unconscious risk perception that distorts core legal principles to punish mothers who “fail to protect” their children.

In Blaming Mothers, Professor Fentiman explores how mothers became legal targets. She explains the psychological processes we use to confront tragic events and the unconscious race, class, and gender biases that affect our perceptions and influence the decisions of prosecutors, judges, and jurors. Fentiman examines legal actions taken against pregnant women in the name of “fetal protection” including court ordered C-sections and maintaining brain-dead pregnant women on life support to gestate a fetus, as well as charges brought against mothers who fail to protect their children from an abusive male partner. She considers the claims of physicians and policymakers that refusing to breastfeed is risky to children’s health. And she explores the legal treatment of lead-poisoned children, in which landlords and lead paint manufacturers are not held responsible for exposing children to high levels of lead, while mothers are blamed for their children’s injuries.

Blaming Mothers is a powerful call to reexamine who - and what - we consider risky to children’s health. Fentiman offers an important framework for evaluating childhood risk that, rather than scapegoating mothers, provides concrete solutions that promote the health of all of America’s children.

The Poverty of Privacy Rights

by Khiara M. Bridges, Stanford University Press, 2017

The Poverty of Privacy Rights makes a simple, controversial argument: Poor mothers in America have been deprived of the right to privacy.

The U.S. Constitution is supposed to bestow rights equally. Yet the poor are subject to invasions of privacy that can be perceived as gross demonstrations of governmental power without limits. Courts have routinely upheld the constitutionality of privacy invasions on the poor, and legal scholars typically understand marginalized populations to have "weak versions" of the privacy rights everyone else enjoys. Khiara M. Bridges investigates poor mothers' experiences with the state—both when they receive public assistance and when they do not. Presenting a holistic view of just how the state intervenes in all facets of poor mothers' privacy, Bridges shows how the Constitution has not been interpreted to bestow these women with family, informational, and reproductive privacy rights. Bridges seeks to turn popular thinking on its head: Poor mothers' lack of privacy is not a function of their reliance on government assistance—rather it is a function of their not bearing any privacy rights in the first place. Until we disrupt the cultural narratives that equate poverty with immorality, poor mothers will continue to be denied this right.

Children's Justice: How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System

by Donald N. Duquette, ABA Publishing, 2016

The unusual and complex nature of child welfare in America has significant implications for the child’s legal advocate.  The U.S. Children’s Bureau identified inadequate representation of children as a chief obstacle to achieving a well-functioning child welfare system. Despite a widespread conviction that children ought to be independently represented in child abuse and neglect court proceedings, there are still questions surrounding who is best suited to represent the child, the duties and responsibilities of the child advocate and how best to maximize the organization and delivery of child welfare services.