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The NSA Report: Liberty and Security in a Changing World

by Richard A. Clarke, Michael J. Morell, Geoffrey R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein, and Peter Swire, Princeton University Press, 2014

This is the official report that is helping shape the international debate about the unprecedented surveillance activities of the National Security Agency. Commissioned by President Obama following disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden, and written by a preeminent group of intelligence and legal experts, the report examines the extent of NSA programs and calls for dozens of urgent and practical reforms. The result is a blueprint showing how the government can reaffirm its commitment to privacy and civil liberties--without compromising national security.

Checking the Courts: Law, Ideology, and Contingent Discretion

by Kirk A. Randazzo and Richard W. Waterman, State University of New York Press, 2014

How does the language of legislative statutes affect judicial behavior? Scholars of the judiciary have rarely studied this question despite statutes being, theoretically, the primary opportunity for legislatures to ensure that those individuals who interpret the law will follow their preferences. In Checking the Courts, Kirk A. Randazzo and Richard W. Waterman offer a model that integrates ideological and legal factors through an empirical measure of statutory discretion. The model is tested across multiple judicial institutions, at both the federal and state levels, and reveals that judges are influenced by the levels of discretion afforded in the legislative statutes. In those cases where lawmakers have clear policy preferences, legislation encourages judges to strictly interpret the plain meaning of the law. Conversely, if policy preferences are unclear, legislation leaves open the possibility that judges will make decisions based on their own ideological policy preferences. Checking the Courts thus provides us with a better understanding of the dynamic interplay between law and ideology.

Global Climate Change and U.S. Law

edited by Jody Freeman and Michael B. Gerrard, ABA Publishing, 2014

A vast body of U.S. law relevant to climate change has developed since publication of the first edition of Global Climate Change and U.S. Law in 2007, even while Congress has failed to pass a new comprehensive statute to address the climate challenge. This domestic legal regime, covered comprehensively in this updated volume, consists of federal greenhouse gas regulations issued under the Clean Air Act and federal energy efficiency statutes, new disclosure requirements imposed under the securities laws, as well as a variety of state and local initiatives and common law decisions by the courts.

Recognizing that climate change is largely an energy problem, this  edition adds a completely new section on energy regulation. Additional chapters now cover cap-and-trade regimes, climate-related water issues, agriculture and forestry, and the use of non-climate international agreements to reduce emissions and address climate impacts. The final new section focuses on issues previously seen as marginal but now of growing importance: climate adaptation, carbon capture and sequestration and geoengineering.

Town and Gown: Legal Strategies for Effective Collaboration

edited by Cynthia A. Baker and Patricia E. Salkin, ABA Publishing, 2014

This volume explores how institutions are working with communities in ways that can increase the productivity and influence of both. The discussion is organized in four parts: an overview of higher education, its host communities, and the law; professional and economic relationships; public safety, health, and students in the community; and community and economic development. Within these categories, chapter authors discuss town-gown relationships that address a wide range of concerns, including higher education policy, tradition, contracts, board membership, PILOTs, finance, law enforcement, health initiatives, housing and community development plans, professional partnerships, economic development strategies, zoning policy, and approaches to sustainability. Throughout the book, authors share best practices of how to build better, stronger, and more productive town-gown relationships.

The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts

by Bryan Garner, Oxford University Press, 2014

In its first two editions, The Winning Brief explained the art of effective writing in 100 concise, practical, and easy-to-use tips, proving that the key to writing well is to understand the judicial readership. This third edition of Bryan A. Garner's modern classic delivers the same invaluable guidelines with even more supporting evidence. Covering everything from the rules for planning and organizing a brief to openers that can capture a judge's attention from the first few words, these tips add up to the most compelling, orderly, and visually appealing brief that an advocate can present.

Scalia: A Court of One

by Bruce Allen Murphy, Simon and Schuster, 2014

Scalia: A Court of One is the compelling story of one of the most polarizing figures ever to serve on the nation’s highest court. It provides an insightful analysis of Scalia’s role on a Court that, like him, has moved well to the political right, losing public support and ignoring public criticism. To the delight of his substantial conservative following, Scalia’s “originalism” theory has become the litmus test for analyzing, if not always deciding, cases. But Bruce Allen Murphy shows that Scalia’s judicial conservatism is informed as much by his highly traditional Catholicism, mixed with his political partisanship, as by his reading of the Constitution. Murphy also brilliantly analyzes Scalia’s role in major court decisions since the mid-1980s and scrutinizes the ethical controversies that have dogged Scalia in recent years. A Court of One is a fascinating examination of one outspoken justice’s decision not to play internal Court politics, leaving him frequently in dissent, but instead to play for history, seeking to etch his originalism philosophy into American law.

The Science and Technology Guidebook for Lawyers

by Cara C. Morris and Joseph R. Carvalko, ABA Publishing, 2014

Legal professionals, who work in areas where law, science, and technology converge, don't need a PhD to effectively represent their clients, but they do need a grounding in how science and technology are integrally related in today's society. Understanding how science works, what constitutes a valid science and its limitations, enables a lawyer to assess how a scientific discovery or technological innovation affects a client’s interests. This book provides an easily understandable explanation of particular sciences and technologies by analyzing specific cases.

How to Achieve Success After the Bar Exam: A Step-by-Step Action Plan

by Joan Rose Marie Bullock, ABA Publishing, 2014

So you’ve taken the bar exam. Now what? How to Achieve Success After the Bar Exam will guide recent law-school graduates as they make the crucial transition from student to lawyer. Through week-by-week activities and practical advice, this book will help recent grads define their career vision, seek out networking opportunities, demonstrate their value to potential clients, develop accountability, and think like a businessperson.