2016-17 One Read

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Just MercyIn the practice of law, it is important for attorneys to be exposed to and aware of aspects of the world beyond their own daily experiences. To facilitate this understanding, and also to strengthen our community at Hulston Hall, Mizzou Law has started a One Read program. Law students, staff, and faculty are invited to read a particular book that relates to law, the legal profession, or legal education and touches on important issues of the moment.

We believe that a One Read program will strengthen our community within Hulston Hall by providing a focus for yearlong conversations and events within the law school. Over the past several years, our attention has been drawn by events around the U.S. to issues of race and the experience of “otherness.” These issues reflect the challenges of seeing the world from another’s perspective – an imperative skill in the practice of law.

The title for 2016-17 will be The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebeca Skloot. This book is a fascinating exploration of issues touching medicine, healthcare policy and ethics, genetics and identity, property rights, race, and class. Best of all, it is a well-told story that is hard to put down once you’ve started. During Orientation, time will be devoted to informal, small group discussions of the book with faculty members, student ambassadors and incoming 1Ls. More events and discussions with the entire Mizzou Law Community will take place during the semester.

Read More!

Mizzou Law faculty, staff, and students nominated many wonderful books for the inaugural One Read. If you want to read more on this topic, don’t look any further for some excellent titles. You’ll find the finalists the committee considered on the top tab and the entire list of nominated titles on the second tab.

We also encourage you to read the program’s previous selection – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Access the Book

There are several ways you can access the book:

  • Purchase the book: Amazon, Barnes and Noble or the retailer of your choice.
  • Borrow it from our Law Library: The Law Library has acquired multiple copies of Immortal Life. Incoming 1L students may not yet be entered as borrowers in the library’s system, but will be issued a courtesy borrowing card if necessary in order to check out this book. Please contact Tamara Guilford-Davis guilforddavist@missouri.edu or John Dethman dethmanj@missouri.edu for assistance.
  • Find it at a library near you: You can find local public and academic libraries that have the title.