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Approaching the U.S. Constitution: Sacred Covenant or Plaything for Lawyers and Judges

by Kerry L. Hunter

This book argues that, given the political power the Supreme Court enjoys today, the answer to preserving the separation of powers, democracy, and the American commitment to unalienable human rights is to encourage...


The Second Amendment

by Michael Waldman

Widely acclaimed at the time of its publication, the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights.

At a time of increasing gun violence in America, Waldman’s...


The Collected Legal Papers

by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Supreme Court justice for four decades, Holmes is renowned for his learning, judgment, and eloquence, as reflected in this compilation of 26 of his papers and addresses.


Law and Justice from Antiquity to Enlightenment

by Robert W. Shaffern

This concise intellectual history of the law offers an accessible introduction to the development of law from ancient Babylon to eighteenth-century Europe. Robert W. Shaffern examines a rich array of sources...


Federalism, the Supreme Court, and the Seventeenth Amendment: The Irony of Constitutional Democracy

by Ralph A. Rossum

Abraham Lincoln worried that the 'walls' of the constitution would ultimately be leveled by the 'silent artillery of time.' His fears materialized with the 1913 ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment, which,...


Censoring Sex: A Historical Journey Through American Media

by John E. Semonche

In this gracefully written, accessible and entertaining volume, John Semonche surveys censorship for reasons of sex from the nineteenth century up until the present. He covers the various forms of American media-books...


In the Interest of Justice: Great Opening & Closing Statements Throu

by Joel Seidemann

This rich and rewarding volume collects more than two dozen of the most memorable opening and closing arguments made by top prosecutors and defense attorneys of the last one hundred years. Carefully selected...


Law, Not War

by Richard Derecktor Schwartz

Law is an institution that has evolved and flourished throughout its six-thousand-year history. Tracing this history in complex societies from the Ancient Middle East to the contemporary world, this book poses...


Roman Law in Medieval Europe

by Paul Vinogradoff

Within the whole range of history there is no more momentous and puzzling problem than that connected with the fate of Roman Law after the downfall of the Roman State. How is it that a system shaped to meet...


The U.S. Supreme Court

by R.R. Sherman

This book shows the trends in jurisprudence which guided the United States in its first hundred years.


Speaking of Language and Law

by Lawrence Solan, Janet Ainsworth & Roger W. Shuy

Among the most prominent scholars of language and law is Peter Tiersma, a law professor at Loyola Law School with a doctorate in linguistics (co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law). Tiersma's...


Congress and the People’s Contest

by Donald R. Kennon, Paul Finkelman, Mischa Honeck & Fergus M. Bordewich et al.

The American Civil War was the first military conflict in history to be fought with railroads moving troops and the telegraph connecting civilian leadership to commanders in the field. New developments arose...


World War I Law and Lawyers

by Thomas J. Shaw

The global story of the legal side of WWI and its legacy is now told in this new book. Eighty legal issues are identified from this war, ranging from the ancient rights of kings to deploying modern technology...


The Little Book of Fashion Law

by Ursula Furi-Perry

Much has changed in the fashion industry since the end of World War II to require more highly developed legal skills and, happily, a much greater allocation to legal expense. The industry is entirely global...


Going to Court

by Ursula Furi-Perry

Going to Court provides a younger generation with an in-depth look at the processes of the U.S. Justice System. This middle grade textbook is a user-friendly, kid-friendly version of a law book to understand...


American Law 101

by Jasper Kim

American Law 101: An Easy Primer on the U.S. Legal System is a thorough introduction to American legal principles, a highly accessible user's guide into both the spirit and the black letter law underlying the...


The Puritan Cosmopolis

by Nan Goodman

The Puritan Cosmopolis traces a sense of kinship that emerged from within the larger realm of Puritan law and literature in late seventeenth-century New England. Nan Goodman argues that these early modern Puritans-connected...


Britain and its internal others, 1750-1800

by Dana Y. Rabin

The rule of law, an ideology of equality and universality that justified Britain's eighteenth-century imperial claims, was the product not of abstract principles but imperial contact. As the Empire expanded,...


The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law

by Michael A. McCann

The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law takes the reader through the most important controversies and critical developments in law and U.S. sports. Over the course of 30 chapters, leading scholars explore...


The Heart of the Constitution

by Gerard Magliocca

This is the untold story of the most celebrated part of the Constitution. Until the twentieth century, few Americans called the first ten constitutional amendments drafted by James Madison in 1789 and ratified...