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The Cold War: Law, Lawyers, Spies and Crises

by Arthur T. Downey, ABA Publications, 2016

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"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent."—Winston Churchill, from a speech to Westminster College in Missouri, March 5, 1946

During the four decades of the Cold War, there were periods of intense crisis, when, almost by accident, the world was spared nuclear war. Told in vignettes across four chapters, The Cold War: Law, Lawyers, Politics, and Spies is a thorough look at the people and doctrines that helped avoid global catastrophe. From the Cuban Missile Crisis to East German uprisings, McCarthyism to loyalty oaths, The Cold War is the singular story of an uncommon time in world history.

AAA Handbook on Arbitration Practice

Juris Publishing, 2016

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The AAA Handbook on Arbitration Practice assembles from Dispute Resolution Journal - the flagship publication of the American Arbitration Association - and other sources the latest thinking on arbitration and dispute resolution. All chapters, where necessary, have been revised and updated by the authors to insure that they represent the most current developments in law and practice. The Handbook is a succinct, comprehensive and a practical introduction to the use of arbitration, written by leading practitioners and scholars, it provides essential orientation and is a "must" for anyone with an interest in the field - from the seasoned to the neophyte.

This handbook brings to the arbitration and dispute resolution professional the latest thinking on arbitration from world-renowned specialists in the field. The chapters in this work were selected from an extensive body of writings and, in the main, represent world-class assessments of arbitration and dispute resolution practice. All the major facets of the field are addressed. The chapters provide the reader with comprehensive and accurate information, lucid evaluations, and useful practical guidance. They not only acquaint, but also ground the reader in the field.

Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty

by Anthony J. McGann, Charles Anthony Smith, Michael Latner, Alex Keena, Cambridge University Press, 2016

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This book considers the political and constitutional consequences of Vieth v. Jubelirer (2004), where the Supreme Court held that partisan gerrymandering challenges could no longer be adjudicated by the courts. Through a rigorous scientific analysis of US House district maps, the authors argue that partisan bias increased dramatically in the 2010 redistricting round after the Vieth decision, both at the national and state level.

From a constitutional perspective, unrestrained partisan gerrymandering poses a critical threat to a central pillar of American democracy, popular sovereignty. State legislatures now effectively determine the political composition of the US House. The book answers the Court's challenge to find a new standard for gerrymandering that is both constitutionally grounded and legally manageable. It argues that the scientifically rigorous partisan symmetry measure is an appropriate legal standard for partisan gerrymandering, as it logically implies the constitutional right to individual equality and can be practically applied.

Preparing for Baby: All the Legal, Financial, Tax, and Insurance Information New and Expectant Parents Need

by Nihara K. Choudhri, ABA Publications, 2015

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Preparing for Baby is a must-have resource for every new and expecting parent, a legal and financial version of What to Expect While You’re Expecting. Often, parents don’t have the time or energy to deal with important legal and financial matters—like buying life insurance, learning how to save for college, or creating a will.

Preparing for Baby provides plain-English information about the basic legal and financial issues most new parents’ face, broken down into an easy to digest and reference Q&A format for parents busy with the day-to-day aspects of caring for their babies. This guide gives readers the information they need to make smart legal decisions in the months before and after baby arrives.

Toxic Torts: Science, Law, and the Possibility of Justice

by Carl F. Cranor, Cambridge University Press, 2016

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US tort law, cloaked behind increased judicial review of science, is changing before our eyes yet we cannot see it. While Supreme Court decisions have altered how courts review scientific testimony, the complexity of both science and legal procedures mask the resulting social consequences. Yet these consequences are too important to remain hidden. Mistaken court reviews of scientific evidence can decrease citizen access to the law, decrease incentives for firms to test their products, lower deterrence for harmful products, and decrease the possibility of justice for citizens injured by toxic substances. Even if courts review evidence well, increases in litigation costs and attorney screening of clients can impede access to the law.

Newly revised and expanded, Toxic Torts, 2nd edition introduces these issues, reveals the relationships that can deny citizens just restitution for harms suffered, and shows how justice can be improved in toxic tort cases.

Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative

by Amy L. Brandzel, University of Illinois Press, 2016

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Numerous activists and scholars have appealed for rights, inclusion, and justice in the name of "citizenship." Against Citizenship provocatively shows that there is nothing redeemable about citizenship, nothing worth salvaging or sustaining in the name of "community," practice, or belonging. According to Brandzel, citizenship is a violent dehumanizing mechanism that makes the comparative devaluing of human lives seem commonsensical, logical, and even necessary.

Against Citizenship argues that whenever we work on behalf of citizenship, whenever we work towards including more types of peoples under its reign, we inevitably reify the violence of citizenship against nonnormative others. Brandzel's focus on three legal case studies—same-sex marriage law, hate crime legislation, and Native Hawaiian sovereignty and racialization—exposes how citizenship confounds and obscures the mutual processes of settler colonialism, racism, sexism, and heterosexism. In this way, Brandzel argues that citizenship requires anti-intersectionality, that is, strategies that deny the mutuality and contingency of race, class, gender, sexuality and nation—and how, oftentimes, progressive left activists and scholars follow suit.

Legally Chocolate: A Confection of Coca in the Courts

by Raymund C. King and John Okray, ABA Publications, 2016

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This book is intended for anyone that has a passion for chocolate and an interest in law, a passion for law and an interest in chocolate, or a passion and interest for both. Although some commentaries and quotes in this book are written tongue in cheek, the case citations and references are authentic, interesting, and in some way related to chocolate. Each chapter focuses on interesting legal cases or regulations, and the chapters are enhanced with historic, scientific, and very interesting trivia along the way.

Remaking Law Firms: Why and How

by George Beaton and Imme Kaschner, ABA Publications, 2016

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The traditional law-firm business model has delivered technically excellent service at seemingly whatever cost. But the times have changed, with the global financial crisis only accelerating the price-down pressures, commoditization, and client demand for efficient, business-relevant services. To respond, law firms will have to go beyond cutting costs while preserving the general way they win work, produce work, and govern themselves. Law firms need to adopt business models that are better adapted to serve their clients not just today, but well into the future.

To succeed under the changed circumstances, law firms need to remake their business models in accord with the needs of their commercial clients. This book provides examples of innovative and successful business models from remade law firms. Ultimately, this book is meant to fuel a desire for change in law firms that goes beyond thinking and planning, and leads straight into the messy, frustrating, exciting world of implementing change, and ultimately to better client service.