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Cover to Cover: Faculty Authors Pen Diverse Mix of Books in 2009

Author's Prandium

By Andrew Cohen

Berkeley Law scholars who published books in 2009 were recently honored at the annual “Author’s Prandium” reception inside the Bancroft Hotel. Hosted by Professor Robert Berring, the event showcased a wide range of topics covered by the faculty—and a stream of tongue-in-cheek awards bestowed by Berring.

Professor Jesse Choper, who produced a new edition of Leading Cases in Constitutional Law: A Compact Casebook for a Short Course—first published in 1964—received the “Larry King Award for Longevity.” Berring also gave the book his “Irony Award with an Oak Leaf Cluster,” noting “it may seem ironic that the authors of a 1,600-page constitutional law casebook would turn out a compact casebook of less than 900 pages.”
 
Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover, directors of the International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Human Rights Center, respectively, took home Berring’s “Best Blurb Award.” Their book, entitled The Guantanamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices, was described by author Adam Hochschild as “comprehensive and careful, poignant and devastating.”

Professors David Caron and Harry Scheiber, who co-authored The Oceans in the Nuclear Age: Legacies and Risks, garnered Berring’s “Charles Darwin Award” for “slow and stately progress.” Their book began as a workshop in 2004 before growing into a conference and finally a book.

Berring hailed Professor Stephen Maurer’s WMD Terrorism: Science and Policy Choices, saying “I salute him for discussing both Richard Feynman and Humpty Dumpty in the first 10 pages.” And, per usual, Berring’s annual “Frank Zimring Award” for most books was yet again claimed by Zimring himself, who published four works in the criminal justice arena.

Here is a full list of the 2009 faculty books:

David Caron & Harry Scheiber. The Oceans in the Nuclear Age: Legacies and Risks.

Jesse Choper. Leading Cases in Constitutional Law: A Compact Casebook for a Short Course, co-authors Richard H. Fallon, Jr., Yale Kamisar, and Steven Shiffrin.

Daniel Farber. Cases and Materials on Environmental Law, co-authors Jody Freeman and Ann E. Carlson.

Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover. The Guantanamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices.

Antoinette Hetzler. Delaktighet Under Hot: Den Nya Förvaltningen? (Participation by Threat: The New Public Management?)
 
Stephen Maurer: WMD Terrorism: Science and Policy Choices

Peter Menell. Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, co-authors Lynn H. Pasahow, James Pooley, and Matthew D. Powers.

Michael Musheno. Deployed: How Reservists Bear the Burden of Iraq, co-author Susan M. Ross.

Ann O’Leary. The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything, co-author Heather Boushey.

James Rule. Global Privacy Protection: The First Generation, co-author Graham Greenleaf.

Justin Sweet. An Anthology of Construction Law Writings.

Eric Talley. Experimental Law and Economics, co-author Jennifer H. Alren. 

John Yoo. Crisis and Command.

Frank Zimring. The Next Frontier: National Development, Political Change, and the Death Penalty in Asia, with David T. Johnson; Capital Punishment and the American Agenda; American Juvenile Justice (Korean); La Pena Di Morte (Portugese).

2/10/2010