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Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution, 2-Volume Set
Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution, 2-Volume Set
Hardcover      ISBN: 0816067635

In more than 700 entries, Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution contains all the material high school students need to understand the United States Constitution. This two-volume A-to-Z set covers the people, court cases, historical events, and terms relating to one of the most studied political documents in schools across the country. Appendix material includes the U.S. Constitution and other government documents.

The Little Book of Restorative Justice
The Little Book of Restorative Justice
Paperback      ISBN: 1561483761

Vengeance and bitter violence have had their turns -- without redemptive results. How should we as a society respond to wrongdoing? When a crime occurs or an injustice is done, what needs to happen? What does justice require?

Howard Zehr, known worldwide for his pioneering work in transforming our understandings of justice, here proposes workable Principles and Practices for making restorative justice both possible and useful. First he explores how restorative justice is different from criminal justice. Then, before letting those appealing observations drift out of reach, into theoretical space, Zehr presents Restorative Justice Practices.

Zehr undertakes a massive and complex subject and puts it in graspable form, without reducing or trivializing it. This is a handbook, a vehicle for moving our society toward healing and wholeness. This is a sourcebook, a starting point for handling brokenness with hard work and hope. This resource is also suitable for academic classes and workshops, for conferences and trainings.

By the author of Changing Lenses; Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims; and Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences.
Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective
Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property
Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective
Paperback      ISBN: 0226907090

Rules regulating access to knowledge are no longer the exclusive province of lawyers and policymakers and instead command the attention of anthropologists, economists, literary theorists, political scientists, artists, historians, and cultural critics. This burgeoning interdisciplinary interest in "intellectual property" has also expanded beyond the conventional categories of patent, copyright, and trademark to encompass a diverse array of topics ranging from traditional knowledge to international trade. Though recognition of the central role played by "knowledge economies" has increased, there is a special urgency associated with present-day inquiries into where rights to information come from, how they are justified, and the ways in which they are deployed.

Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property, edited by Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi, and Martha Woodmansee, presents a range of diverse--and even conflicting--contemporary perspectives on intellectual property rights and the contested sources of authority associated with them. Examining fundamental concepts and challenging conventional narratives--including those centered around authorship, invention, and the public domain--this book provides a rich introduction to an important intersection of law, culture, and material production.

Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare
Unprecedented
The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1610393287
Foreword by Randy E. Barnett

In 2012, the United States Supreme Court became the center of the political world. In a dramatic and unexpected 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts voted on narrow grounds to save the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Unprecedented tells the inside story of how the challenge to Obamacare raced across all three branches of government, and narrowly avoided a constitutional collision between the Supreme Court and President Obama.

On November 13, 2009, a group of Federalist Society lawyers met in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., to devise a legal challenge to the constitutionality of President Obama's "legacy" -- his healthcare reform. It seemed a very long shot, and was dismissed peremptorily by the White House, much of Congress, most legal scholars, and all of the media. Two years later the fight to overturn the Affordable Care Act became a political and legal firestorm. When, finally, the Supreme Court announced its ruling, the judgment was so surprising that two cable news channels misreported it and announced that the Act had been declared unconstitutional.

Unprecedented offers unrivaled inside access to how key decisions were made in Washington, based on interviews with over one hundred of the people who lived this journey -- including the academics who began the challenge, the attorneys who litigated the case at all levels, and Obama administration attorneys who successfully defended the law. It reads like a political thriller, provides the definitive account of how the Supreme Court almost struck down President Obama's "unprecedented" law, and explains what this decision means for the future of the Constitution, the limits on federal power, and the Supreme Court.
The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World
The Pirates of Somalia
Inside Their Hidden World
Paperback      ISBN: 0307476561

Soon to be a major motion picture

The first close-up look at the hidden world of Somali pirates by a young journalist who dared to make his way into their remote havens and spent a year infiltrating their lives.

For centuries, stories of pirates have captured imaginations around the world. The recent ragtag bands of pirates off the coast of Somalia, hijacking multimillion-dollar tankers owned by international shipping conglomerates, have brought the scourge of piracy into the modern era. Jay Bahadur's riveting narrative expos --the first of its kind--looks at who these men are, how they live, the forces that created piracy in Somalia, how the pirates spend the ransom money, how they deal with their hostages, among much, much more. It is a revelation of a dangerous world at the epicenter of political and natural disaster.
Strangers to the Law: Gay People on Trial
Strangers to the Law
Gay People on Trial
Paperback      ISBN: 0472086456

In 1992, the voters of Colorado passed a ballot initiative amending the state constitution to prevent the state or any local government from adopting any law or policy that protected a person with a homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientation from discrimination. This amendment was immediately challenged in the courts as a denial of equal protection of the laws under the United States Constitution. This litigation ultimately led to a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court invalidating the Colorado ballot initiative. Suzanne Goldberg, an attorney involved in the case from the beginning on behalf of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Lisa Keen, a journalist who covered the initiative campaign and litigation, tell the story of this case, providing an inside view of this complex and important litigation.
Starting with the background of the initiative, the authors tell us about the debates over strategy, the court proceedings, and the impact of each stage of the litigation on the parties involved. The authors explore the meaning of legal protection for gay people and the arguments for and against the Colorado initiative.
This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of civil rights protections for gay people and the evolution of what it means to be gay in contemporary American society and politics. In addition, it is a rich story well told, and will be of interest to the general reader and scholars working on issues of civil rights, majority-minority relations, and the meaning of equal rights in a democratic society.
Suzanne Goldberg is an attorney with the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. Lisa Keen is Senior Editor at the Washington Blade newspaper.

The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions
The Death of Innocents
An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions
Paperback      ISBN: 0679759484

From the author of the national bestseller Dead Man Walking comes a brave and fiercely argued new book that tests the moral edge of the debate on capital punishment: What if we're executing innocent men? Two cases in point are Dobie Gillis Williams, an indigent black man with an IQ of 65, and Joseph Roger O'Dell. Both were convicted of murder on flimsy evidence (O'Dell's principal accuser was a jailhouse informant who later recanted his testimony). Both were executed in spite of numerous appeals. Sister Helen Prejean watched both of them die.As she recounts these men's cases and takes us through their terrible last moments, Prejean brilliantly dismantles the legal and religious arguments that have been used to justify the death penalty. Riveting, moving, and ultimately damning, The Death of Innocents is a book we dare not ignore.

Building a Pro Bono Practice Group: Leading Lawyers on Serving the Community’s Legal Needs
Building a Pro Bono Practice Group
Leading Lawyers on Serving the Community’s Legal Needs
Paperback      ISBN: 0314289798
One Size Never Fits All: Business Development Strategies Tailored for Women (And Most Men)
One Size Never Fits All
Business Development Strategies Tailored for Women (And Most Men)
Hardcover      ISBN: 1627224890

Women have achieved equality in professional service firms by many metrics (graduates, new hires, new partners) but not in one crucial regard: women still are not rising to top leadership positions. In large part, this is due to a real inequality in the amount of business generated by female partners. Most firms continue to encourage the use of traditional business development strategies, but these strategies have failed women. Through her original research, detailed in the book, Dr. Arin Reeves discovered that women often are more successful in the early stages of business development (networking, establishing relationships), but are blocked by the final stage--asking for business. Reeves discovered why; explains why most women (and also most men) fall prey to this flaw in the traditional business development approach; and then offers a series of alternative approaches that both firms and individual professional women can adopt and institute. Reeves's research and solutions are groundbreaking, and have the potential to revolutionize business development for women--and with it, to finally propel women to the top of firms in numbers equal to their male counterparts.

Think Like a Lawyer Don't ACT Like One
Think Like a Lawyer Don't ACT Like One
Paperback      ISBN: 9063693079

Think like a lawyer Don't Act Like One provides strategies to solve conflicts. Co-developed by Harvard University, many laywers, three bonobo's, two kissing boxers, a cowboy, Mikael Gorbatsjov, Sun Tze en John Rambo.

Think Like a Lawyer Don't Act Like One can be used when dealing with grumpy police officers, angry neighbours, unwilling debtors, failing clients, nasty lawyers and other conflict seekers. Each strategy is thoroughly tested and can be used at the kitchen table, on the street and in the boardroom.

All 75 rules are illustrated in a funny way. This is a complete and tested ready to use guide to prevent and solve conflicts.