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Faculty Authors Examine Wide Range of Topics in Latest Books

By Andrew Cohen

Berkeley Law scholars who published books in 2011 were honored at the law school’s annual “Authors’ Prandium.” Professor Kenneth Bamberger made his debut as MC of the event, which for several years was hosted by fellow professor Robert Berring ’74.

The reception showcased an enormous breadth of topics covered by faculty members over the past year—celebrated in song. Bamberger persuaded audience members to sing along to “So We Toast Them,” lyrics he molded to the Cole Porter tune, “Don’t Fence Me In.” Each author was feted in the song parody, which included the following chorus:

Oh, they wrote tomes. Lots of tomes
In their offices and homes.
So we toast them!

Monographs, filled with graphs,
Arguments and evidence,
So we toast them!

They still taught, did committees
And wrote shorter pieces.
But they also turned their eyes to even greater theses.

Tasks of love
That caused their brows
To evidence new creases.
So we toast them!

Bamberger categorized the year’s 17 books into casebooks and textbooks; edited volumes, reprints, and translations; and full-length monographs. Scholarly topics ranged from sex-based discrimination, evidence, and police reform, to wine law, microeconomics, and business innovation in developing countries.

Professors David Sklansky and John Yoo both had a prolific year, each penning two books in 2011. Robert Merges’ Justifying Intellectual Property won accolades from a top patent blog, which called it “the new bible for IP.” Jesse Choper published the 10th edition of his popular constitutional law casebook, and Joseph Sax’s Defending the Environment—a groundbreaking 1971 work—was translated into Chinese.

Here is a full list of the 2011 faculty books:

Jesse Choper. Constitutional Law Cases: Comments and Questions (casebook, 10th edition), co-authors Richard H. Fallon, Jr., Yale Kamisar, Steven H. Shiffrin.

Robert Cooter. Solomon's Knot: How Law Can End the Poverty of Nations, co-author Hans-Bernd Schäfer.

Malcolm Feeley. Fates of Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony: The Politics of the Legal Complex, co-authors Terence C. Halliday, Lucien Karpik.

Herma Hill Kay. Text, Cases, and Materials on Sex-Based Discrimination (casebook, 7th edition), co-author Tristin Green '98.

Justin McCrary. Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs (National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report), co-authors Philip J. Cook, Jens Ludwig.

Richard Mendelson. From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America.

Robert Merges. Justifying Intellectual Property.

Dan Rubinfeld. Microeconomics (casebook, 7th edition), co-author Robert Pindyck.

Joseph Sax. Defending the Environment: A Strategy for Citizen Action (translated into Chinese).

Harry Scheiber. Ohio Canal Era: A Case Study of Government and the Economy, 1820-1861.

David Sklansky. Evidence: Cases, Commentary, and Problems (casebook, 3rd edition), co-author Marc M. Schneier; Police Reform from the Bottom Up: Officers and their Unions as Agents of Change, co-author Monique Marks.

Justin Sweet. Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process (casebook, 9th edition).

Eleanor Swift. Evidence: Text, Problems, and Cases (casebook, 5th edition), co-authors Ronald Allen, Richard Kuhns.

John Yoo. Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security, co-author Dean Reuter; Taming Globalization: International Law, the U.S. Constitution, and the New World Order, co-author Julian Ku.

Franklin Zimring. The City That Became Safe: New York's Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control.