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The Child Cases: How America's Religious Exemption Laws Harm Children

by Alan Rogers, University of Massachusetts Press, 2014

When a four-year-old California girl died on March 9, 1984, the state charged her mother with involuntary manslaughter because she failed to provide her daughter with medical care, choosing instead to rely on spiritual healing. During the next few years, a half dozen other children of Christian Science parents died under similar circumstances. The children's deaths and the parents' trials drew national attention, highlighting a deeply rooted, legal/political struggle to define religious freedom.

Through close analysis of these seven cases, legal historian Alan Rogers explores the conflict between religious principles and secular laws that seek to protect children from abuse and neglect. Christian Scientists argued -- often with the support of mainline religious groups -- that the First Amendment's "free exercise" clause protected religious belief and behavior. Insisting that their spiritual care was at least as effective as medical treatment, they thus maintained that parents of seriously ill children had a constitutional right to reject medical care.

Congress and state legislatures confirmed this interpretation by inserting religious exemption provisos into child abuse laws. Yet when parental prayer failed and a child died, prosecutors were able to win manslaughter convictions by arguing -- as the U.S. Supreme Court had held for more than a century -- that religious belief could not trump a neutral, generally applicable law. Children's advocates then carried this message to state legislatures, eventually winning repeal of religious exemption provisions in a handful of states.

Simpler: The Future of Government

by Cass R. Sunstein, Simon and Schuster, 2014

Cutting-edge research in behavioral economics has influenced business and politics. Long at the forefront of that research, Sunstein, for three years President Obama’s “regulatory czar” heading the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, oversaw a far-reaching restructuring of America’s regulatory state. In this highly anticipated book, Sunstein pulls back the curtain to show what was done, why Americans are better off as a result, and what the future has in store.

The evidence is all around you, and more is coming soon. Simplified mortgages and student loan applications. Scorecards for colleges and universities. Improved labeling of food and energy-efficient appliances and cars. Calories printed on chain restaurant menus. Healthier food in public schools. Backed by historic executive orders ensuring transparency and accountability, simpler government can be found in new initiatives that save money and time, improve health, and lengthen lives. Simpler: The Future of Government will transform what you think government can and should accomplish.

Evolution of International Environmental Regimes: The Case of Climate Change

by Simone Schiele, Cambridge University Press, 2014

Drawing specifically on the international climate regime, Simone Schiele examines international environmental regimes from a legal perspective and analyses a core feature of international regimes – their ability to evolve over time. In particular, she develops a theoretical framework based on general international law which allows for a thorough examination of the understanding of international law and the options for law-creation in international environmental regimes. The analysis therefore provides both a coherent understanding of the international climate regime and a starting point for further research in other regimes.

Constitutional Conflicts Between Congress and the President

by Louis Fisher, University Press of Kansas, 2014

Over three decades after its initial publication, Louis Fisher's durable classic remains at the head of its class—a book that Congressional Quarterly called "as close to being indispensable as anything published in this field." This newly revised sixth edition emphatically reinforces that sterling reputation.

Fisher dissects the crucial constitutional disputes between the executive and legislative branches of government from the Constitutional Convention through President Clinton's impeachment battles to the recent controversies over President Bush's conduct as commander in chief. He ventures beyond traditional discussions of Supreme Court decisions to examine the day-to-day working relationships between the president and Congress.

By analyzing a mixture of judicial pronouncements, executive acts, and legislative debates, Fisher pinpoints the critical areas of legislative-executive tension: appointment powers, investigatory powers, legislative and executive vetoes, the budgetary process, and war powers. He then examines these areas of tension within a concrete political and historical context.

Copyright Remedies: A Litigator's Guide to Damages and Other Relief

by Eric Stahl and Henry Tashman, ABA Publishing, 2014

This is a practical guide for any litigator prosecuting, defending, or evaluating a copyright infringement lawsuit or claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), any practitioner responsible for a copyrighted work that may become the subject of litigation, and any attorney advising clients on copyright and DMCA issues. Copyright damages incorporate some unusual features, and foresight is required to take full advantage of (or to defend against) the range of available remedies. Copyright Remedies: A Litigator's Guide to Damages and Other Relief provides comprehensive coverage of the remedies available and numerous checklists and analysis of subcategories of damages, including recovery of the copyright owner's compensatory actual damages resulting from an infringement, statutory damages which are available as an alternative remedy to actual damages/profits in certain copyright cases, monetary relief under the DMCA. injunctive relief, impoundment (seizure) and destruction of infringing items, and attorneys' fees and other costs to the prevailing party.

The Mother Court: Tales of Cases That Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court

by James D. Zinn, ABA Publishing, 2014

This is the first book to chronicle the history of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the most influential District court in the United States, from the perspective of a practicing attorney who has argued many cases before some of its most esteemed judges.

It gives first-hand insight into the evolution of our justice system—where it has been, where it is now and where it is going. It provides an anatomy of what a trial is all about in an American courtroom, featuring the most famous trials of the period in the greatest court in the nation. It gives the reader a taste of what the storied judges of the period— Weinfeld, Murphy, Mansfield, Tyler, Motley and Palmieri, to name a few—were all about, how they thought, how they judged, and why they were the worthy keepers of our sacred right to justice, as well as the historical traditions of the Court.

Forum Shopping in International Adjudication: The Role of Preliminary Objections

by Luis Eduardo Salles, Cambridge University Press, 2014

Forum shopping, which consists of strategic forum selection, parallel litigation and serial litigation, is a phenomenon of growing importance in international adjudication. Preliminary objections (or a party's placement of conditions on the existence and development of the adjudicatory process) have been traditionally conceived as barriers to adjudication before single forums. This book discusses how adjudicators and parties may refer to questions of jurisdiction and admissibility in order to avoid conflicting decisions on overlapping cases, excessive exercises of jurisdiction and the proliferation of litigation. It highlights an emerging, overlooked function of preliminary objections: transmission belts of procedure-regulating rules across the 'international judiciary'. Activating this often dormant, managerial function of preliminary objections would nurture coordination of otherwise independent and autonomous tribunals.

The Lawyer's Guide to Financial Planning

by Cynthia Sharp, ABA Publishing, 2014

Each of us is able to exert control over our personal financial futures so long as we are armed with the requisite knowledge and wisdom. In this book, author Cynthia Sharp reminds you that your economy is not the global economy. A wealth gap exists among attorneys who have had similar opportunities. Obviously, professional choices dictate income potential. Yet there are those who have made lots of money while accumulating meager assets and there are those who have earned significantly less but are well on their way to retirement.

Part One of this book sets forth a six-step approach to financial planning, emphasizing the importance of risk management. Comprehensive information applicable to planning for three financial life stages (funding education, retirement, and long-term care) is provided in Part Two. Part Three provides asset conservation strategies while Part Four focuses on effective distribution considerations, highlighting pitfalls to avoid in the
estate-planning arena. Finally, Part Five provides a road map to the process of establishing long-term financial security.

This book is intended to serve as a resource for attorneys committed to building and maintaining a strong and secure financial future. Familiarity with the material will also prove useful when friends, family members, and clients face some of the challenges discussed throughout.