Category Archives: Family Law

Library Highlights: Sexuality and the Law

Intersexuality and the law

Intersexuality and the Law

Julie Greenberg

KF478.5 .G74 2012

From the Publisher: In Intersexuality and the Law, Julie A. Greenberg examines the role that legal institutions can play in protecting the rights of people with an intersex condition. She also explores the relationship between the intersex movement and other social justice movements that have effectively utilized legal strategies to challenge similar discriminatory practices. She discusses the feasibility of forming effective alliances and developing mutually beneficial legal arguments with feminists, LGBT organizations, and disability rights advocates to eradicate the discrimination suffered by these marginalized groups.

Loving v Virginia

Loving V. Virginia in a Post-Racial World

Kevin Noble Maillard

KF517 .L68 2012

From the Publisher: In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in Loving vs. Virginia. Although this case promotes marital freedom and racial equality, there are still significant legal and social barriers to the free formation of intimate relationships. Marriage continues to be the sole measure of commitment, mixed relationships continue to be rare, and same-sex marriage is only legal in 6 out of 50 states. Most discussion of Loving celebrates the symbolic dismantling of marital discrimination. This book, however, takes a more critical approach to ask how Loving has influenced the “loving” of America. How far have we come since then, and what effect did the case have on individual lives?

Geography of Love

The Geography of Love: Same-Sex Marriage & Relationship Recognition in America (the Story in Maps)

Peter Nicolas

KF539 .N52 2011

From the Publisher: There is no question that the most prominent gay rights issue in the United States today is the right to marry. Yet accurate, objective information about same-sex marriage and relationship recognition in the United States is difficult to come by. In this book, Seattle-based authors Peter Nicolas & Mike Strong combine their respective training in law and geography to depict the history and current state of marriage and relationship recognition rights for same-sex couples in the United States in words…and in maps.

Gender sexualities and the law

Gender, Sexualities and Law

Jackie Jones et al.

K644 .G459 2011

From the Publisher: This collection of essays offers an unrivalled examination of its various contemporary dimensions, focusing on: issues of theory and representation; violence, both national and international; reproduction and parenting; and partnership, sexuality, marriage and the family. Gender, Sexualities and Law will be invaluable for all those engaged in research and study of the law (and related fields) as a form of gendered power.

Courting change

Courting Change Queer Parents, Judges, and the Transformation of American Family Law

Kimberly D. Richman

KF540 .R53 2009 

From the Publisher: In Courting Change, Kimberly D. Richman zeros in on the nebulous realm of family law, one of the most indeterminate and discretionary areas of American law. She focuses on judicial decisions—both the outcomes and the rationales—and what they say about family, rights, sexual orientation, and who qualifies as a parent. Richman challenges prevailing notions that gay and lesbian parents and families are hurt by laws’ indeterminacy, arguing that, because family law is so loosely defined, it allows for the flexibility needed to respond to—and even facilitate — changes in how we conceive of family, parenting, and the role of sexual orientation in family law.

states of passion

States of Passion

Yvonne Zylan

KF9325 .Z85 2011

From the Publisher: Professor Yvonne Zylan explores the role of legal discourse in shaping sexual experience, sexual expression, and sexual identity. The book focuses on three topics: anti-gay hate crime laws, same-sex sexual harassment, and same-sex marriage, examining how sexuality is socially constructed through the institutionally-specific production of legal discourse.

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Library Highlights: Law Practice Management

The Associate as Rainmaker: Building Your Business

Brain David King Keller

KF316.5 .K45 2011

From the Publisher: An associate’s mid- and long-term success relies on building a foundation of rela-tionships that are created during a lawyer’s early years. This book is your guide to specific actions for mastering the game, offering attorneys of all experience levels useful insights into how a rainmaker gets results. Broken into four thorough sections–Being a Rainmaker, Brain Basics, Rainmaker Tech-niques, and Tips from the Front Line–The Associate as Rainmaker contains specific techniques for busi-ness development, including: business development time slots, the art and science of selling, creating an optimal performance state, business development for shy attorneys, the art and science of rapport, thirty-four steps to grow any practice. The book also includes a business development checklist that contains tips for each year you’re an associate, as well as several appendices with exercises, goals sheets, and time management forms.

Moving Diversity Forward: How to go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing

Vernā A. Myers

KF300 .M94 2011

What People are Saying: “The numerous publications about diversity render it difficult to offer a new perspective, but Vernã Myers has done so. Moving Diversity Forward takes head on underlying challenges to successful diversity and inclusion efforts that often are left unspoken-and she has done so without being inflammatory.” — William A. Von Hoene, Jr., Executive Vice President, Finance and Legal, Exelon Corporation “If you, like me, are a white male who believes in inclusion but sometimes feels on shaky ground in how to achieve it, this book is for you. Ms. Myers reveals the unconscious biases that inhibit inclusion, debunks the well-meaning but misguided arguments often used against inclusion, and provides clear and concrete steps we can take to move from well-meaning to well-doing.” — Mark E. (Rick) Richardson, VP & Associate General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline

The Lawyer’s Guide to Increasing Revenue

Arthur G. Greene

KF316.5 .G74 2011

From the Publisher: The vast majority of law firms continue to leave dollars on the table. Now you can ensure your firm isn’t one of them. The Lawyer’s Guide to Increasing Revenue, Second Edition offers practical tips and step-by-step plans for evaluating, tracking, and ultimately enhancing your firm’s revenue stream. Significantly updated and expanded to address issues facing law firms in the twenty-first century, this new edition demonstrates how to avoid short-term solutions, look beyond cost-cutting, and develop a multi-year strategy for achieving financial growth. Using your firm’s existing resources, you will discover how to best maintain client relationships, boost staff morale, and augment your bottom line.

Federal Criminal Discovery

Robert M. Cary, Craig D. Singer, Simon A. Latcovich

KF9650 .C37 2011

From the Publisher: In nearly every criminal case, information is at a premium for both sides. Discovery plays a major role in federal criminal cases as it includes recordings, documents, electronic data, or tan-gible objects as well as unwritten information such as witness statements that have not been recorded or memorialized in writing. The rare value of information in a criminal case lies partly in its inaccessi-bility, as the parties’ right to discovery is relatively narrow. Because discovery rights in charged crimi-nal cases are limited, the parties often must litigate vigorously and creatively to obtain significant infor-mation. Federal Criminal Discovery thoroughly covers each of the different methods of discovery available to the parties in federal criminal cases. It serves as an invaluable resource for judges, academics, prose-cutors, and defense lawyers by providing an exhaustive discussion on the statutory and constitutional bases for discovery, and by covering the existing law fairly while examining both sides of the issues.

The Forensic Accounting Deskbook: A Practical Guide to Financial Investigation and Analysis for Family Lawyers

Miles Mason

KF8968.15 .M37 2011

From the Publisher: Forensic accounting can help family lawyers win case and help clients keep mon-ey which might otherwise be taken from them by a difficult and confusing divorce process. To help you understand the practice of forensic accounting and business valuation in family law caes, [This book] provides a basic introduction to the core financial concepts in divorce, such as asset identification, classification, and valuation, income determination, and expenses. It provides a step-by-step explana-tion of these “how to” mechanics and explores higher-level strategic concerns appropriate for high-asset and high-conflict cases. It connects the dots and fills gaps among the interrelated topics of sub- poena practice, accounting concepts, depositions, reports, methodology, financial statements, tax re-turns, reports, and testimony.

Premarital Agreements: Drafting and Negotiating

Linda Ravdin

KF529 .R38 2011

From the Publisher: To begin the book, Linda Ravdin, an experienced family lawyer well-known for her knowledge of premarital and marital agreements, focuses on the law related to creating a valid agreement. […] Information about validity covers all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Other chapters address terms regarding nonfinancial issues, terms regulating the ongoing marriage, spousal support and attorney’s fees. The second part of the book examines the lawyer’s role in the process. Chapters consider both the critical ethical issues presented in drafting and negotiation as well as more practical aspects of negotiating the terms. In the next part, Ravdin discusses the most common issues that can arise after the agreement has been executed.

Preliminary Relief in Patent Infringement Disputes

Robert H. Resis

KF3155 .P745 2011

From the Publisher: The book begins with an overview of how preliminary relief is addressed in patent cases. Topics include legal and business considerations in seeking preliminary relief, the types of pre-liminary relief, pre- and post-filing considerations, and the likelihood of success on the merits. Other factors, such as irreparable harm, balance of hardships, and public interest, are also addressed in this introductory chapter. The balance of the book examines the Federal Circuit Court cases and 112 select-ed district court cases to show how preliminary injuction requests have been treated since the Supreme Court’s 2006 eBay decision. The book identifies the judges in the Federal Circuit and district court cas-es. Tables identifying the Federal Circuit and the district court cases in chronological order are also provided.

Library Highlights: GLBT Rights

California Supreme Court Oral Arguments: Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage March 5, 2009. California. Supreme Court
VIDEO KFC129 .C257 2009
From the Publisher: The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Thursday, March 5, 2009, in three cases challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 (Ban on Same Sex Marriage) , a statewide ballot initiative that was passed by a majority of California voters in November 2008.

When Gay People get Married: What Happens when Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
M.V. Lee Badgett
K699 .B33 2009
From the Publisher: […] In order to find out the impact of same-sex marriage, M. V. Lee Badgett traveled to a land where it has been legal for same-sex couples to marry since 2001: the Netherlands. Badgett interviews gay couples to find out how this step has affected their lives. We learn about the often surprising changes to their relationships, the reactions of their families, and work  colleagues. Moreover, Badgett is interested in the ways that the institution itself has been altered for the larger society. How has the concept of marriage changed? When Gay People Get Married gives readers a primer on the current state of the same-sex marriage debate, and a new way of framing the issue that provides valuable new insights into the political, social, and personal stakes involved.

The experiences of other countries and these pioneering American states serve as a crystal ball as we grapple with this polarizing issue in the American context. The evidence shows both that marriage changes gay people more than gay people change marriage, and that it is the most liberal countries and states making the first move to recognize gay couples. In the end, Badgett compellingly shows that allowing gay couples to marry does not destroy the institution of marriage and that many gay couples do benefit, in expected as well as surprising ways, from the legal, social, and political rights that the institution offers.

Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court
Michael J. Perry
KF8748 .P39 2009
From the Publisher: In this important new book, Michael J. Perry examines three of the most disputed constitutional issues of our time: capital punishment, state laws banning abortion, and state policies denying the benefit of law to same-sex unions. The author, a leading constitutional scholar, explains that if a majority of the justices of the Supreme Court believes that a law violates the Constitution, it does not necessarily follow that the Court should rule that the law is unconstitutional. In cases in which it is argued that a law violates the Constitution, the Supreme Court must decide which of two importantly different questions it should address: (1) Is the challenged law unconstitutional? (2) Is the lawmakers’ judgment that the challenged law is constitutional a reasonable judgment? (One can answer both questions in the affirmative.) By focusing on the death penalty, abortion, and same-sex unions, Perry provides illuminating new perspectives not only on moral controversies that implicate one or more constitutionally entrenched human rights, but also on the fundamental question of the Supreme Court’s proper role in adjudicating such controversies.

Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law
edited by Scott Barclay, Mary Bernstein, and Anna-Maria Marshall
KF4754.5 .Q84 2009
From the Publisher: Fighting for marriage and family rights; protection from discrimination in employment, education, and housing; criminal law reform; economic justice; and health care reform: the LGBT movement is engaged in some of the most important cultural and political battles of our times. Seeking to reshape many of our basic social institutions, the LBGT movement’s legal, political, and cultural campaigns reflect the complex visions, strategies, and rhetoric of the individuals and groups knocking at the law’s door. The original essays in this volume bring social movement scholarship and legal analysis together, enriching our understanding of social movements, LGBT politics and organizing, legal studies, and public policy. Moreover, they highlight the struggle to make the law relevant and responsive to the LGBT community. Ultimately, Queer Mobilizations examines how the LGBT movement’s engagement with the law shapes the very meanings of sexuality, sex, gender, privacy, discrimination, and family in law and society.

Courting Change: Queer Parents, Judges, and the Transformation of American Family Law
Kimberly D. Richman
KF540 .R53 2009
From the Publisher: A lesbian couple rears a child together and, after the biological mother dies, the surviving partner loses custody to the child’s estranged biological father. Four days later, in a different court, judges rule on the side of the partner, because they feel the child relied on the woman as a psychological parent. What accounts for this inconsistency regarding gay and lesbian adoption and custody cases, and why has family law failed to address them in a comprehensive manner? In Courting Change, Kimberly D. Richman zeros in on the nebulous realm of family law, one of the most indeterminate and discretionary areas of American law. She focuses on judicial decisions—both the outcomes and the rationales—and what they say about family, rights, sexual orientation, and who qualifies as a parent. Richman challenges prevailing notions that gay and lesbian parents and families are hurt by laws’ indeterminacy, arguing that, because family law is so loosely defined, it allows for the flexibility needed to respond to — and even facilitate — changes in how we conceive of family, parenting, and the role of sexual orientation in family law.

Drawing on every recorded judicial decision in gay and lesbian adoption and custody cases over the last fifty years, and on interviews with parents, lawyers, and judges, Richman demonstrates how parental and sexual identities are formed and interpreted.

Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts
edited by Douglas Laycock, Anthony R. Picarello, Jr., and Robin Fretwell Wilson
BL462 .S36 2008
From the Publisher: [This title] explores two principal questions. First, exactly what kind of religious freedom conflicts are likely to emerge if society embraces same-sex marriage? A redefinition of marriage would impact a host of laws where marital status affects legal rights—in housing, employment, healthcare, education, public accommodations, and property, in addition to family law. These laws, in turn, regulate a host of religious institutions—schools, hospitals, and social service providers, to name a few—that often embrace a different definition of marriage. As a result, church-state conflicts will follow. This volume anticipates where and how these manifold disputes will arise. Second, how might these conflicts be resolved? If the disputes spark litigation under the Free Speech, Free Exercise, or Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment, who will prevail and why? When, if ever, should claims of religious liberty prevail over claims of sexual liberty? Drawing on experience in analogous areas of law, the volume explores whether it is possible to avoid these constitutional conflicts by statutory accommodation, or by separating religious marriage from civil marriage.

Law & Social Justice — Recent Acquisitions

ADHD on Trial: Courtroom Clashes Over the Meaning of “Disability”
Michael Gordon
KF228.L684 G67 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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American Indian Law in a Nutshell
KF8205.Z9 A44 (Study Aids)
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The Americanization of Religious Minorities: Confronting the Constitutional Order
Eric Michael Mazur
BL2525 .M39 1999
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A Concise History of Economic Thought: from Mercantilism to Monetarism
Gianni Vaggi and Peter Groenewegen
HB75 .V32 2003
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Confronting Mental Health Evidence: A Practical Guide to Reliability and Experts in Family Law
John A. Zervopoulos
KF8965 .Z47 2008
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Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Comparative Perspective in International Conventions, the United States and Iran
Sanaz Alasti
K5103 .A43 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice
Bill Kurtis
HV8699.U5 K87 2004
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Economics, Governance, and Law: Essays on Theory and Policy
Warren J. Samuels
HD87 .S358 2002
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Equal: Women Reshape American Law
Fred Strebeigh
KF4758 .S77 2009
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Essays in Positive Economics
Milton Friedman
HB33 .F74 1966
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Financial Failure and Confederate Defeat
Douglas B. Ball
E480.5 .B35 1991
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The International Law of Belligerent Occupation
Yoram Dinstein
KZ6429 .D56 2009
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Intersectionality and Beyond: Law, Power and the Politics of Location
edited by Emily Grabham et al.
K376 .I582 2009
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Our Nation Unhinged: the Human Consequences of the War on Terror
Peter Jan Honigsberg
KF9625 .H66 2009
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Law & Social Justice — Recent Acquisitions

The Child Sex Trade
produced by Kurtis Productions, Ltd. for A&E Network; executive producer, Bill Kurtis;
HQ117 .C45 2008 VIDEO (Reserve)
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Children in the Legal System: Cases and Materials
Samuel M. Davis … [et al.]
KF479 .C46 2009 (Course Reserve)
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The Constitution, Race, and Renewed Relevance of Original Intent: Reclaiming the Lost Opportunity of Federalism
Donald Lively
KF4545.S5 L58 2008
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Constitutional Law: The Religion Clauses
Daniel O. Conkle
KF4783 .C62 2009
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Economic Analysis of Civil Law
Hans-Bernd Schafer, Claus Ott; translated from the German by Matthew Braham
K623 .S313 2004
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Efficiency Instead of Justice?: Searching for the Philosophical Foundations of the Economic Analysis of Law
Klaus Mathis; translated by Deborah Shannon
K487.E3 M3813 2009
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Eyes on the prize
creator and executive producer, Henry Hampton
E185.61 .E848 2006 VIDEO (Reserve)
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Fairer Sex
ABC primetime; ABC news
HQ1426 .F342 2008 VIDEO (Reserve)
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Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly
Legal Periodical (2nd floor)
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FORECITE California: Latest Developments in CALCRIM and CALJIC
Thomas Lundy
KFC1171 .F67 2006
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Gifts: a Study in Comparative Law
Richard Hyland
K898 .H95 2009
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Global Climate Change and the Road to Extinction: The Legal and Planning Response
James A. Kushner
QC981.8.C5 K875 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Gun Control: a Documentary and Reference Guide
Robert J. Spitzer
KF3941 .S678 2009 (Reference)
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How to Keep Control of Your Life after 60: a Guide for your Legal, Medical, and Financial Well-being
Teresa Schwab Myers
KF390.A4 M97 1989
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Human Rights: Initial Publication of the American Section of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Consisting of the Papers Prepared for its Second Plenary Meeting
edited by Ervin H. Pollack
K3240 .H8574 1971
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In the Name of Justice: Leading Experts Reexamine the Classic Article “The Aims of the Criminal Law”
edited by Timothy Lynch
KF9223 .I58 2009
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International Law and Fact-finding in the Field of Human Rights
edited by B.G. Ramcharan
K3240.4 .I58 1982
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The International Politics of Judicial Intervention: Creating a More Just Order
Andrea Birdsall
KZ4017 .B57 2009 (New Book Shelf)
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Judges on Judging: Views from the Bench
collected and edited by David M. O’Brien
KF8775.A75 J82 2009
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Law and the Contradictions of the Disability Rights Movement
Samuel R. Bagenstos
KF480 .B345 2009
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Legal Ethics: Rules, Statutes and Comparisons
KF306 .L447
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Legal Responses to HIV and AIDS
James Chalmers
K3575.A43 C45 2008
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Legally Speaking: Contemporary American Culture and the Law
Helle Porsdam
KF385 .P645 1999
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Living Constitution, Dying Faith: Progressivism and the New Science of Jurisprudence
Bradley C.S. Watson
KF4552 .W38 2009
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The Lost History of the Ninth Amendment
Kurt T. Lash
KF4558 9th .L37 2009
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The Necessary Evil of Preventive Detention in the War on Terror: a Plan for a More Moderate and Sustainable Solution
Stephanie Cooper Blum
KF9430 .B48 2008 (New Book Shelf)
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The New Aging: Politics and Change in America
Fernando M. Torres-Gil
HV1461 .T66 1992
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The Principle of Legality in International and Comparative Criminal Law
Kenneth S. Gallant
K5165 .G35 2009
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Principled Sentencing: Readings on Theory and Policy
edited by Andrew von Hirsch, Andrew Ashworth and Julian Roberts.
K5121.Z9 P75 2009
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Protecting Civilians: The Obligations of Peacekeepers
Siobhan Wills
KZ6515 .W55 2009
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Regulating Tobacco
edited by Robert L. Rabin & Stephen D. Sugarman
HD9136 .R43 2001
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Regulators: Our Invisible Government, 1982
KF5407 .R43 2004 (Video)
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Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent
Marjorie Cohn (TJSL Faculty) and Kathleen Gilberd
U22 .C542 2009
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Sexual Discrimination and Harassment
edited by Rachel C. Feldman
KF4758 .S49 2008
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Speaking for the Dead: The Human Body in Biology and Medicine
D. Gareth Jones and Maja I. Whitaker
QM33.5 .J66 2009
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Speaking Up: The Unintended Costs of Free Speech in Public Schools
Anne Proffitt Dupre
KF4124.5 .D87 2009
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Territorial Rights
Tamar Meisels
KZ3675 .M45 2009
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Trade and Investment Rule-making: The Role of Regional and Bilateral Agreements
edited by Stephen Woolcock
HF1418.7 .T723 2006
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The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public
Susan M. Schweik
KF480 .S39 2009
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Youth Outloud!: A Documentary Addressing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Issues in our Schools
produced, written, and directed by Kathy Hines & Becky Burklee
HQ75.15 .Y68 2000 (Reserve)
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Multimedia Spotlight

Check out the library’s legal-themed DVD collection.  DVDs can be checked out from the Reserve collection for 24 hours.  Just ask at the Circulation desk.  Here are a couple of the 50+ movies we have available:

intolerable_crueltyIntolerable Cruelty
PN1995.9 .C55 I57 2004

When the beautiful Marylin Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones) obtains recorded evidence that her wealthy husband Rex is cheating on her, she files for divorce. But Rex hires top divorce lawyer Miles Massey (George Clooney), requesting him that Marylin gets nothing in the divorce. Massey manages to achieve this request by proving that Marilyn schemed to marry for money rather than for love from the very start, and she is left penniless. Surprisingly, Marylin returns some months later with a request of her own: she is engaged to marry a dimwitted Texan millionaire, and to prove that she is marrying for love rather than money this time she will sign the “Massey contract”, an ironclad pre-nuptial agreement that will once again leave her penniless if she divorces. Massey wonders whether the scheming Marylin changed her skin- or her plans.

the_firmThe Firm
PN1997 .F476 2000

Fresh out of law school, top Harvard graduate Mitch McDeere (Tom Cruise) receives an extraordinarily attractive offer from a small, prestigious firm in Memphis, and accepts it over offers from more well-known firms in New York. He and his wife Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn) are overwhelmed at first by the money and gifts showered upon them, and Mitch befriends a flamboyant partner (Avery Tolar.) But he starts to suspect that something is wrong when two associates die in an accident. And then, a government agent approaches him with a request for information, and Mitch understands that his life will never be the same. Based on the John Grisham novel.