Friday, May 20, 2022

His Name is George Floyd

Robert Samuels & Toluse Olorunnipa, His Name is George Floyd: One Man’s Struggle and the Struggle for Racial Justice (Viking, 2022).

His Name is George Floyd tells the story of a beloved figure from Houston’s housing projects as he faced the stifling systemic pressures that come with being a Black man in America. Placing his narrative within the context of the country’s enduring legacy of institutional racism, this deeply reported account examines Floyd’s family roots in slavery and sharecropping, the segregation of his schools, the overpolicing of his community amid a wave of mass incarceration, and the callous disregard toward his struggle with addiction. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews with Floyd’s closest friends and family, his elementary school teachers and varsity coaches, civil rights icons, and those in the highest seats of political power, Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa offer a poignant and moving exploration of George Floyd’s America, revealing how a man who simply wanted to breathe ended up touching the world. 

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Championship Mock Trial

Hon. David Nelmark & Justin Berstein, Championship Mock Trial: The Guide for Students and Coaches (American Bar Association, 2022). 

Championship Mock Trial is the culmination of lessons learned and techniques developed by Judge David Nelmark and Professor Justin Berstein during their more than 50 years of combined experience. They have competed for and coached teams to dozens of championships and run hundreds of Middle School, High School, College, and Law School Mock Trial tournaments. Both are former presidents of the American Mock Trial Association. 

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Critical Race Judgments

Bennett Capers, Devon W. Carbado, R. A. Lenhardt & Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Critical Race Judgments: Rewritten U.S. Court Opinions on Race and the Law (Cambridge University Press, 2022).


By re-writing U.S. Supreme Court opinions that implicate critical dimensions of racial justice, Critical Race Judgments demonstrates that it’s possible to be judge and a critical race theorist. Specific issues covered in these cases include the death penalty, employment, voting, policing, education, the environment, justice, housing, immigration, sexual orientation, segregation, and mass incarceration. While some rewritten cases – Plessy v. Ferguson (which constitutionalized Jim Crow) and Korematsu v. United States (which constitutionalized internment) – originally focused on race, many of the rewritten opinions – Lawrence v. Texas (which constitutionalized sodomy laws) and Roe v. Wade (which constitutionalized a woman’s right to choose) – are used to incorporate racial justice principles in novel and important ways. This work is essential for everyone who needs to understand why critical race theory must be deployed in constitutional law to uphold and advance racial justice principles that are foundational to U.S. democracy.

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Seek and Hide

Amy Gajda, Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy (Viking, 2022). 

Today privacy seems simultaneously under siege and surging. And that's doubly dangerous, as legal expert Amy Gajda argues. Too little privacy can mean extraordinary profits and power for people who deal in and publish soul-crushing secrets. Too much means the famous and infamous can cloak themselves in secrecy. Seek and Hide carries us from the very start, when privacy concepts first entered American law and society, to now, when the law
allows a Silicon Valley titan to destroy a media site like Gawker out of spite. Muckraker Upton Sinclair, like Nellie Bly before him, pushed the envelope of privacy and propriety and then became a privacy advocate when journalists used the same techniques against him. In the 1960s those privacy interests gave way to the glory days of investigative reporting in the era of Vietnam and Watergate. By the early 2000s we were on our way to today's full-blown crisis in the digital age, worrying that smartphones, webcams, basement publishers, and the forever internet had erased the right to privacy completely. The stories touch on the famous and the worthy but barely remembered, on presidents with secret babies, and on the evolution of a modern media emboldened to reveal the most intimate details about anyone -- and how so much of today rests on Section 230, a 1996 federal law that became privacy's downfall and then the catalyst for its rebirth.

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Friday, April 8, 2022

Discussions in Dispute Resolution

Art Hinshaw, Andrea Kupfer Schneider & Sarah Rudolph Cole, Discussions in Dispute Resolution: The Foundational Articles (Oxford University Press, 2021).

In this book, the editors have identified 16 articles published before the year 2000, four from each of the field’s primary subfields – negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and public policy. In each section, the works appear in chronological order, and for each work four commenters answer the question: why is this work a foundational piece in the dispute resolution field? The purpose in asking this simple question is four-fold: to hail the field’s foundational generation and their work, to bring a fresh look at these articles, to engage the articles’ original authors where possible, and to challenge the articles with the benefit of hindsight.
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