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Administrative Law

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FDA in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies - Holly Fernandez Lynch (Editor); I. Glenn Cohen
Call Number: KF3871 .F34 2015
ISBN: 9780231171182
Publication Date: 2015-09-29

In its decades-long effort to assure the safety, efficacy, and security of medicines and other products, the Food and Drug Administration has struggled with issues of funding, proper associations with industry, and the balance between consumer choice and consumer protection. Today, these challenges are compounded by the pressures of globalization, the introduction of novel technologies, and fast-evolving threats to public health. With essays by leading scholars and government and private industry experts, FDA in the Twenty-First Century addresses perennial and new problems and the improvements the agency can make to better serve the public good.

The collection features essays on effective regulation in an era of globalization, consumer empowerment, and comparative effectiveness, as well as questions of data transparency, conflicts of interest, industry responsibility, and innovation policy, all with an emphasis on pharmaceuticals. The book also intervenes in the debate over off-label drug marketing and the proper role of the FDA before and after a drug goes on the market. Dealing honestly and thoroughly with the FDA's successes and failures, contributors rethink the structure, function, and future of the agency and the effect policy innovations may have on regulatory institutions in other countries.



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Justices on the Ballot: Continuity and Change in State Supreme Court Elections - Herbert M. Kritzer
Call Number: KF8776 .K75 2015
ISBN: 9781107090866
Publication Date: 2015-06-26

Justices on the Ballot addresses two central questions in the study of judicial elections: How have state supreme court elections changed since World War II? And, what effects have those changes had on election outcomes, state supreme court decisions, and the public's view of the courts? To answer these questions, Herbert M. Kritzer takes the broadest scope of any study to date, investigating every state supreme court election between 1946 and 2013. Through an analysis of voting returns, campaign contributions and expenditures, television advertising, and illustrative case studies, he shows that elections have become less politicized than commonly believed. Rather, the changes that have occurred reflect broader trends in American politics, as well as increased involvement of state supreme courts in hot-button issues.


Family Law

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Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody and Support - Emily Doskow
Call Number: KF547 .D67 2015
ISBN: 9781413321968
Publication Date: 2015-10-26

When you're getting divorced, you can make a tough time easier for your children (and yourself) if you work with the other parent to draw up a custody plan and agree on child support. If you can't work out custody and support, you'll have to head to court and ask a judge to step in. Either way, Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support can help. You'll learn: how negotiation and mediation can keep costs down, ease the transition for kids, and improve future dealings with your ex; where to find your state's child support guidelines; how judges make custody decisions; how to enforce and change custody and support orders; how court trials work; what military families need to know; when you need a lawyer and how to work with one. You'll also find specifics about each state's laws, including what factors courts consider when they rule on custody arrangements, what happens when one parent wants to move away with the children, and how you can change custody or support orders.


Health Law

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The Pox of Liberty: How the Constitution Left Americans Rich, Free, and Prone to Infection - Werner Troesken
Call Number: KF3775 .T764 2015
ISBN: 9780226922171
Publication Date: 2015-06-29

The United States is among the wealthiest nations in the world. But that wealth hasn't translated to a higher life expectancy, an area where the United States still ranks thirty-eighth--behind Cuba, Chile, Costa Rica, and Greece, among many others. Some fault the absence of universal health care or the persistence of social inequalities. Others blame unhealthy lifestyles. But these emphases on present-day behaviors and policies miss a much more fundamental determinant of societal health: the state.

Werner Troesken looks at the history of the United States with a focus on three diseases--smallpox, typhoid fever, and yellow fever--to show how constitutional rules and provisions that promoted individual liberty and economic prosperity also influenced, for good and for bad, the country's ability to eradicate infectious disease. Ranging from federalism under the Commerce Clause to the Contract Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment, Troesken argues persuasively that many institutions intended to promote desirable political or economic outcomes also hindered the provision of public health. We are unhealthy, in other words, at least in part because our political and legal institutions function well. Offering a compelling new perspective, The Pox of Liberty challenges many traditional claims that infectious diseases are inexorable forces in human history, beyond the control of individual actors or the state, revealing them instead to be the result of public and private choices.


Law and Society

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Hip Hop and the Law - Pamela Bridgewater (Editor); andre douglas pond cummings (Editor); Donald F. Tibbs (Editor)
Call Number: KF389 .H57 2015
ISBN: 9781611635942
Publication Date: 2015-08-03

What is important to understanding American law? What is important to understanding Hip Hop? Wide swaths of renowned academics, practitioners, commentators, and performance artists have answered these two questions independently. And although understanding both depends upon the same intellectual enterprise, textual analysis of narrative storytelling, somehow their intersection has escaped critical reflection. Hip Hop and the Law merges the two cultural giants of law and rap music and demonstrates their relationship at the convergence of Legal Consciousness, Politics, Hip Hop Studies, and American Law. No matter what your role or level of experience with law or Hip Hop, this book is a sound resource for learning, discussing, and teaching the nuances of their relationship. Topics include Critical Race Theory, Crime and Justice, Mass Incarceration, Gender, and American Law: including Corporate Law, Intellectual Property, Constitutional Law, and Real Property Law.


Legal History

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The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, 1945-1975 - Michael Schudson
Call Number: KF4774 .S339 2015
ISBN: 9780674744059
Publication Date: 2015-09-14

The American founders did not endorse a citizen's right to know. More openness in government, more frankness in a doctor's communication with patients, more disclosure in a food manufacturer's package labeling, and more public notice of actions that might damage the environment emerged in our own time.

As Michael Schudson shows in The Rise of the Right to Know, modern transparency dates to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970--well before the Internet--as reform-oriented politicians, journalists, watchdog groups, and social movements won new leverage. At the same time, the rapid growth of higher education after 1945, together with its expansive ethos of inquiry and criticism, fostered both insight and oversight as public values.

Schudson provides case studies of precedent-setting disclosure practices: the Freedom of Information Act (1966), reforms of supermarket labeling (1970s), sunshine legislation in the Congress (1970), the complicated conceptual and legislative origin of the "environmental impact statement," and newsroom changes that increased the independence and analytical sophistication of news coverage after 1968. These changes brought a "right to know" into political life and helped define a new era for representative democracy--less focus on parties and elections, more pluralism and more players, year-round monitoring of government, and a blurring line between politics and society, public and private. The rise of openness marks a new stage in self-government.


Legal Profession

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Law on Display: The Digital Transformation of Legal Persuasion and Judgment - Neal Feigenson; Christina Spiesel
Call Number: KF8902.E42 F447 2009
ISBN: 9780814728451
Publication Date: 2011-05-13

Visual and multimedia digital technologies are transforming the practice of law: how lawyers construct and argue their cases, present evidence to juries, and communicate with each other. They are also changing how law is disseminated throughout and used by the general public. What are these technologies, how are they used and perceived in the courtroom and in wider culture, and how do they affect legal decision making?

In this comprehensive survey and analysis of how new visual technologies are transforming both the practice and culture of American law, Neal Feigenson and Christina Spiesel explain how, when, and why legal practice moved from a largely words-only environment to one more dependent on and driven by images, and how rapidly developing technologies have further accelerated this change. They discuss older visual technologies, such as videotape evidence, and then current and future uses of visual and multimedia digital technologies, including trial presentation software and interactive multimedia. They also describe how law itself is going online, in the form of virtual courts, cyberjuries, and more, and explore the implications of law's movement to computer screens. Throughout Law on Display, the authors illustrate their analysis with examples from a wide range of actual trials.

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Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online - Stephanie L. Kimbro
Call Number: KF320.A9 K56 2015
ISBN: 9781634250344
Publication Date: 2015-07-07

The Internet has made it easier for potential clients to find legal services. Virtual law firms have revolutionized the delivery of legal services, lowering costs as well as evening the playing field. Whether you are a large law firm or a solo practitioner, there are business models of delivering legal services online that can bring your law practice up to speed with the 21st century legal marketplace. What are you doing to stay competitive? Do you have the know-how to responsibly incorporate technology and online delivery into your existing law firm?

The revised and updated Virtual Law Practice is the one resource you need to take advantage of this fast-growing market. This book will help you: Identify and develop a law firm business model for the online delivery of legal services; Successfully set up and manage a virtual law firm; Increase law firm revenue by responsibly implementing the delivery of online legal services; Make use of the latest technology; Create a successful marketing strategy for the delivery of legal services online; Understand state ethics and advisory opinions; Find more flexibility and work/life balance in the legal profession.

Stephanie Kimbro's practical guide also provides case studies of law firms that successfully integrate virtual law practice into their traditional business models along with client scenarios to show how web-based technology may be used by legal professionals to work with online clients and avoid malpractice risks.

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The Trouble with Lawyers - Deborah L. Rhode
Call Number: KF297 .R485 2015
ISBN: 9780190217228
Publication Date: 2015-06-01

By any measure, the law as a profession is in serious trouble. Americans' trust in lawyers is at a low, and many members of the profession wish they had chosen a different path. Law schools, with their endlessly rising tuitions, are churning out too many graduates for the jobs available. Yet despite the glut of lawyers, the United States ranks 67th (tied with Uganda) of 97 countries in access to justice and affordability of legal services. The upper echelons of the legal establishment remain heavily white and male. Most problematic of all, the professional organizations that could help remedy these concerns instead jealously protect their prerogatives, stifling necessary innovation and failing to hold practitioners accountable.

Deborah Rhode's The Trouble with Lawyers is a comprehensive account of the challenges facing the American bar. She examines how the problems have affected (and originated within) law schools, firms, and governance institutions like bar associations; the impact on the justice system and access to lawyers for the poor; and the profession's underlying difficulties with diversity. She uncovers the structural problems, from the tyranny of law school rankings and billable hours to the lack of accountability and innovation built into legal governance - all of which do a disservice to lawyers, their clients, and the public. The Trouble with Lawyers is a clear call to fix a profession that has gone badly off the rails, and a source of innovative responses.



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Tax Law and Racial Economic Justice: Black Tax - Andre L. Smith
Call Number: KF6289.85 .S65 2015
ISBN: 9781498503655
Publication Date: 2015-06-03

No study of Black people in America can be complete without considering how openly discriminatory tax laws helped establish a racial caste system in the United States, how they were designed to exclude blacks from lucrative markets and the voting franchise, and how tax laws extracted and redistributed vast sums of black wealth. Not only was slavery nearly a 100% tax on black labor, so too was Jim Crow apartheid and tax laws specified the peculiar institution as Negro slavery. The first instances of affirmative action in the United States were tax laws designed to attract white men to the South. The nineteenth-century Federal Tariff indirectly redistributed perhaps a majority of the profits from slavery from the South to the North and is the principle reason the Confederate states seceded. The only constitutional amendment obtained by the Civil Rights Movement is the Twenty-Sixth Amendment abolishing poll taxes in federal elections. Blending traditional legal theory, neoclassical economics, and a pan-African view of history, these six interrelated essays on race and taxes demonstrate that, even in today's supposedly post-racial society, there is no area of human activity where racial dynamics are absent.


New DVDs

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The Sopranos: Season Six, Part II - Chase, David
Call Number: PN1992.77 .S677 v. 6, pt. 2
Publication Date: 2007

In the final nine episodes of the series, Tony continues to muse about his second chance at life while facing a myriad of immediate, stress-inducing crises at home, at work and from the law. Tony's wife Carmela, son AJ and daughter Meadow each make choices that promise to change the face of the Sopranos' domestic life. Meanwhile, at work, Tony comes to doubt the allegiances of many of those closest to him. No one -- not Paulie, Bobby Bacala, Silvio or even Christopher -- is above suspicion.


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