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The Civic Constitution: Civic Visions and Struggles in the Path Toward Constitutional Democracy

by Elizabeth Beaumont, Oxford University Press, 2014

The role of the Constitution in American political history is contentious not simply because of battles over meaning. Equally important is precisely who participated in contests over meaning. Was it simply judges, or did legislatures have a strong say? And what about the public's role in effecting constitutional change?

In The Civic Constitution, Elizabeth Beaumont focuses on the last category, and traces the efforts of citizens to reinvent constitutional democracy during four crucial eras: the revolutionaries of the 1770s and 1780s; the civic founders of state republics and the national Constitution in the early national period; abolitionists during the antebellum and Civil War eras; and, finally, suffragists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Throughout, she argues that these groups should be recognized as founders and co-founders of the U.S. Constitution. Though often slighted in modern constitutional debates, these women and men developed distinctive constitutional creeds and practices, challenged existing laws and social norms, expanded the boundaries of citizenship, and sought to translate promises of liberty, equality, and justice into more robust and concrete forms. Their civic ideals and struggles not only shaped the text, design, and public meaning of the U.S. Constitution, but reconstructed its membership and transformed the fundamental commitments of the American political community.

The Recall: Tribunal of the People

by Joseph F. Zimmerman, State University of New York Press, 2014

The recall, or “election in reverse,” is meant to allow voters to remove an elected official from office prior to the completion of his/her term in office. In this revised second edition of The Recall, Joseph F. Zimmerman examines the rise of the recall in the United States and its use by American voters. Proponents of the recall believe the threat of removal from office would ensure that elected officials would act in accord with the public’s will, while opponents fear their use would disrupt and inhibit public officers in the performance of their duties.

Zimmerman provides a detailed analysis of how the recall has functioned in practice and discovers that the recall has seldom been employed against elected state officials. Although used more often against local government officials, the rate is still not exceptionally high when one considers the extremely large number of elected officials. After a century of use in the United States, the recall has not produced a new era of public official responsibility as hoped for by proponents, but neither has it caused extensive disruption of state and local governments, the original concern of early opponents.

The Little Book of Golf Law: The Real Rules of the Game of Golf

by John H. Minan, ABA Publishing, 2014

The Little Book of Golf Law is back again with completely new and updated stories of your favorite pastime! John H. Minan writes on how violating "the law" of golf — as opposed to the rules that govern the game — can have serious consequences. In ten parts covering legal areas from torts to intellectual property to environmental law, this revised and expanded edition of the classic Little Book explores thirty-nine cases in which the rules of golf spilled over into the rules of law. Each chapter examines a different set of facts and involves an actual case. The chapters explore a wide array of legal issues, from personal injury claims for negligence to products liability, contract disputes, and more. 

Civil Rights Litigation: Representing Plaintiffs Today

by Rebecca A. Taylor, ABA Publishing, 2014

Asserting our civil rights goes to the heart of what it means to be an American, but unfortunately, our property, liberty, and even life can be sacrificed when we exercise these fundamental rights. This book seeks to help lawyers, their clients, and the general public negotiate the field of civil rights law in the social and political climate of America today. Civil Rights Litigation is a step toward sharing information and cooperation between everyone who supports civil rights, including the separate movements, attorneys, their clients, and the general public.

Legal Writing by Design: A Guide to Great Briefs and Memos

by Teresa J. Reid Rambo and Leanne J. Pflaum, Carolina Academic Press, 2013

The second edition of Legal Writing by Design remains unique in demonstrating how to transform thoughts into writing by explaining the link between thinking and writing. It doesn't just tell the reader to "argue by analogy" or to "apply the rule" — it explains the design of the thinking involved in those processes and shows how to transform that design into writing.

Through easily understandable hypotheticals, outlines, graphics, exercises, and writing samples, many garnered during the authors' combined forty-plus years of teaching legal writing and appellate advocacy to law students, Legal Writing by Design comprehensively demonstrates how to transform ideas into exceptional writing.

The Origins of International Investment Law: Empire, Environment, and the Safeguarding of Capital

by Kate Miles, Cambridge University Press, 2013

International investment law is a complex and dynamic field. Yet, the implications of its history are under-explored. Kate Miles examines the historical evolution of international investment law, assessing its origins in the commercial and political expansionism of dominant states during the seventeenth to early twentieth centuries and the continued resonance of those origins within modern foreign investment protection law. In particular, the exploration of the activities of the Dutch East India Company, Grotius' treatises, and pre-World War II international investment disputes provides insight into current controversies surrounding the interplay of public and private interests, the systemic design of investor-state arbitration, the substantive focus of principles, and the treatment of environmental issues within international investment law. In adopting such an approach, this book provides a fresh conceptual framework through which contemporary issues can be examined and creates new understandings of those controversies.

The Federal Information Manual: How the Government Collects, Manages, and Discloses Information Under FOIA and Other Statutes

by P. Stephen Gidiere III, ABA Publishing, 2013

The Federal Information Manual provides an easy-to-navigate and accessible explanation of the most well-known of these statues, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It contains useful information for practitioners, including explaining how to submit a successful FOIA request and checklists to use in preparing the request. 

This edition considers the significant legal developments since the first edition, including several Supreme Court decisions involving FOIA, one of which dramatically changed how one FOIA exemption is applied; statutory amendments to; a change in presidential administrations bringing about substantial changes in policies, guidance, and executive orders relating to FOIA and a host of other federal information statutes. It has been updated to include recent federal case law applying FOIA and other information statutes and agency revisions to their FOIA regulations and practices as well as discussion of new trends such as data breach response and litigation involving federal records.

Yet this guide covers more than FOIA, looking at all federal laws dealing with information handling and disclosure. These are varied and often obscure, ranging from the Federal Records Act to the Paperwork Reduction Act and the Classified Information Procedures Act, and a web of other statutes, cases, regulations, judicial decisions, executive orders, and policies that govern federal information. 

How to Examine Mental Health Experts: A Family Lawyer's Handbook of Issues and Strategies

by John A. Zervopoulos, ABA Publishing, 2013

Designed as a quick and accessible reference, this book helps lawyers understand and address the array of mental health expert issues they will encounter in their cases. Written by John A. Zervopoulos, who is an attorney and a psychologist, each issue in the book is examined through the dual prism of Daubert-Frye principles (the legal perspective) and of professional psychology’s expertise and literature (the psychological perspective). The book provides the tools necessary to develop clear direct examinations, sharpen cross examinations, and compose effective, compelling arguments to the court. These lessons are also useful to attorneys who litigate cases outside of family law.