Reason in Law

  • Filename: reason-in-law.
  • ISBN: 9780226328218
  • Release Date: 2016-03-04
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Lief H. Carter
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



Over the nearly four decades it has been in print, Reason in Law has established itself as the place to start for understanding legal reasoning, a critical component of the rule of law. This ninth edition brings the book’s analyses and examples up to date, adding new cases while retaining old ones whose lessons remain potent. It examines several recent controversial Supreme Court decisions, including rulings on the constitutionality and proper interpretation of the Affordable Care Act and Justice Scalia’s powerful dissent in Maryland v. King. Also new to this edition are cases on same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act, and the legalization of marijuana. A new appendix explains the historical evolution of legal reasoning and the rule of law in civic life. The result is an indispensable introduction to the workings of the law.

Living Legislation

  • Filename: living-legislation.
  • ISBN: 9780226396446
  • Release Date: 2012-04-23
  • Number of pages: 359
  • Author: Jeffery A. Jenkins
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



Politics is at its most dramatic during debates over important pieces of legislation. It is thus no stretch to refer to legislation as a living, breathing force in American politics. And while debates over legislative measures begin before an item is enacted, they also endure long afterward, when the political legacy of a law becomes clear. Living Legislation provides fresh insights into contemporary American politics and public policy. Of particular interest to the contributors to this volume is the question of why some laws stand the test of time while others are eliminated, replaced, or significantly amended. Among the topics the essays discuss are how laws emerge from—and effect change within—coalition structures, the effectiveness of laws at mediating partisan conflicts, and the ways in which laws interact with broader shifts in the political environment. As an essential addition to the study of politics, Living Legislation enhances understanding of democracy, governance, and power.

The Making of Environmental Law

  • Filename: the-making-of-environmental-law.
  • ISBN: 0226470644
  • Release Date: 2008-09-15
  • Number of pages: 334
  • Author: Richard J. Lazarus
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



The unprecedented expansion in environmental regulation over the past thirty years—at all levels of government—signifies a transformation of our nation's laws that is both palpable and encouraging. Environmental laws now affect almost everything we do, from the cars we drive and the places we live to the air we breathe and the water we drink. But while enormous strides have been made since the 1970s, gaps in the coverage, implementation, and enforcement of the existing laws still leave much work to be done. In The Making of Environmental Law, Richard J. Lazarus offers a new interpretation of the past three decades of this area of the law, examining the legal, political, cultural, and scientific factors that have shaped—and sometimes hindered—the creation of pollution controls and natural resource management laws. He argues that in the future, environmental law must forge a more nuanced understanding of the uncertainties and trade-offs, as well as the better-organized political opposition that currently dominates the federal government. Lazarus is especially well equipped to tell this story, given his active involvement in many of the most significant moments in the history of environmental law as a litigator for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, an assistant to the Solicitor General, and a member of advisory boards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Ranging widely in his analysis, Lazarus not only explains why modern environmental law emerged when it did and how it has evolved, but also points to the ambiguities in our current situation. As the field of environmental law "grays" with middle age, Lazarus's discussions of its history, the lessons learned from past legal reforms, and the challenges facing future lawmakers are both timely and invigorating.

Distorting the Law

  • Filename: distorting-the-law.
  • ISBN: 0226314693
  • Release Date: 2009-11-15
  • Number of pages: 332
  • Author: William Haltom
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



In recent years, stories of reckless lawyers and greedy citizens have given the legal system, and victims in general, a bad name. Many Americans have come to believe that we live in the land of the litigious, where frivolous lawsuits and absurdly high settlements reign. Scholars have argued for years that this common view of the depraved ruin of our civil legal system is a myth, but their research and statistics rarely make the news. William Haltom and Michael McCann here persuasively show how popularized distorted understandings of tort litigation (or tort tales) have been perpetuated by the mass media and reform proponents. Distorting the Law lays bare how media coverage has sensationalized lawsuits and sympathetically portrayed corporate interests, supporting big business and reinforcing negative stereotypes of law practices. Based on extensive interviews, nearly two decades of newspaper coverage, and in-depth studies of the McDonald's coffee case and tobacco litigation, Distorting the Law offers a compelling analysis of the presumed litigation crisis, the campaign for tort law reform, and the crucial role the media play in this process.

Judicial Process in America 9th Edition

  • Filename: judicial-process-in-america-9th-edition.
  • ISBN: 9781452226323
  • Release Date: 2013-02-01
  • Number of pages: 475
  • Author: Robert A Carp
  • Publisher: SAGE



Known for shedding light on the link between the courts, public policy, and the political environment, the new ninth edition of Judicial Process in America provides a comprehensive overview of the American judiciary. Considering the courts from every level, the authors thoroughly cover judges, lawyers, litigants, and the variables at play in judicial decision making. This remarkably current revision will only solidify the bookÆs position as the standard-bearer in the field.

The Legal Environment of Business Text and Cases

  • Filename: the-legal-environment-of-business-text-and-cases.
  • ISBN: 9781305142947
  • Release Date: 2014-01-01
  • Number of pages: 816
  • Author: Frank B. Cross
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning



Comprehensive, authoritative, and cutting-edge, THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS combines a classic black letter law approach with an interesting and accessible reader-friendly format. The cases, content, and features of the exciting new ninth edition have been thoroughly updated to represent the latest developments in the business law environment. An excellent assortment of cases ranges from precedent-setting landmarks to important recent decisions, and ethical, global, and corporate themes are integrated throughout. In addition, numerous features and exercises help you master the material and apply what you have learned to real-world issues, and the text offers an unmatched range of support resources, including innovative online study tools that help you work effectively and maximize your results. It's no wonder THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS is used by more colleges and universities than any other legal environment text. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Real Estate Law

  • Filename: real-estate-law.
  • ISBN: 9781439040317
  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Number of pages: 752
  • Author: Marianne Jennings
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning



A practical and hands-on study of the laws affecting real property, Marianne Jennings’s REAL ESTATE LAW continues to bring to life the law of real estate ownership, transfer, and development while examining the day-to-day transactions of the real estate marketplace. Continuing her tradition of lively case selection and clear discussion of the rules and regulations of real estate, this text has been praised for its practical approach in assisting students as well as real estate professionals to recognize, prevent, and solve legal problems in this exciting field. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Criminal Law and Its Processes

  • Filename: criminal-law-and-its-processes.
  • ISBN: 1454817550
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 1308
  • Author: Sanford H. Kadish
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law and Business



Highly respected authorship defines Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials. Sanford H. Kadish, Stephen J. Schulhofer, Carol S. Steiker, and new co-author Rachel E. Barkow are nationally recognized scholars. Their cohesive intellectual framework views the law as an instrument of social control, providing an analytical tool with which students can interpret and understand doctrine. Criminal Law and Its Processes: Cases and Materials focuses on developing an understanding of principles and rules applicable to all crimes, rather than the detailed and disjointed elements of any particular crime. Cases-and-notes pedagogy, with excerpted materials, questions, and problems, illuminate the material. Problems enhance students' understanding of the basic principles by testing their applications and interactions in the context of particular offenses. The Ninth Edition preserves the continuity with its predecessors and makes little fundamental change in organization or coverage, retaining nearly all the principal teaching cases, with recent cases and illustrations added. The text has been carefully edited throughout to enhance the transparency of the organization and accessibility of the notes and questions. Text has been added that guides students--before and after main cases--to understand what those cases are designed to illustrate. Overall, the book features increased clarity and ease of teaching while preserving the book's challenging and sophisticated content. A completely reorganized and revised chapter on group crime includes more student-friendly treatment of accomplice liability and conspiracy that will facilitate the mastery of basic doctrine while emphasizing important policy questions. A new section on punishing corporations for criminal conduct includes an analysis of deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements. The updated theft chapter explores the important modern crimes of honest services fraud and identity theft. New problems also test students' understanding of traditional theft offenses as applied to modern technology and intellectual property. The chapter on rape has been dramatically revised with current examples of debates over force and consent as well as new notes on male rape victims and human trafficking. Revised coverage of the death penalty provides a balanced treatment of the issue, incorporates the latest empirical research, and offers new notes on the potential causes of racial discrimination. An updated chapter on homicide includes a completely new section on felony murder. Also revised is the treatment of proportionality; it includes recent Supreme Court case law under the Eighth Amendment and challenges to life without the possibility of parole sentences. The question of what to punish is now explored through the lens of teenage bullying. Finally, new sentencing materials have been introduced, including a case study of Bernie Madoff's sentencing. Features Highly respected authorship Kadish, Schulhofer, Steiker, and new co-author Barkow are nationally recognized scholars Cohesive intellectual framework views the law as an instrument of social control provides an analytical tool with which students can interpret and understand doctrine Cases-and-notes pedagogy includes excerpted materials, questions, and problems Develops an understanding of principles and rules applicable to all crimes sees beyond the detailed, disjointed elements particular crimes Helpful problems enhance students understanding of basic principles test their applications and interaction in the context of particular offenses

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