Recent Works from the Community
Boalt faculty, center directors, lecturers, and staff represent a diverse body of expertise and knowledge—reflected in the range of publications they produce.
Faculty or support staff can submit a book listing here.
The Guantánamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices by Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover. This book, based on a two-year study of former prisoners of the U.S. government's detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, reveals in graphic detail the cumulative effect of the Bush administration's "war on terror." Scrupulously researched and devoid of rhetoric, the book deepens the story of post-9/11 America and the nation's descent into the netherworld of prisoner abuse. We hear directly from former detainees as they describe the events surrounding their capture, their years of incarceration, and the myriad difficulties preventing many from resuming a normal life upon returning home.
WMD Terrorism: Science and Policy Choices by Stephen M. Maurer. This book provides the first full-length, up-to-date, comprehensive review of what scientists and scholars know about WMD terrorism and America's options for confronting it. It also identifies multiple instances in which the conventional wisdom is incomplete or misleading.
Richard Mendelson's From Demon to Darling combines the author's expertise in wine law and as a winemaker in an accessible overview of American wine law from Colonial times to the present. Recipient of the 2009 International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) award for best-written work in the field of law, the book offers a fascinating chronicle of the history of wine in the United States seen through the lens of the law.
Experimental Law and Economics, edited by Jennifer H. Arlen and Eric L. Talley. An important resource for judges, policymakers, and scholars alike, the articles presented are drawn from diverse disciplines such as economics, law, and psychology. The editors' comprehensive introduction provides expert analysis and insightful discussion of new directions in the field.
Federalism: Political Identity and Tragic Compromise by Malcolm Feeley and Edward Rubin. Federalism refers to a system in which a centralized national government shares power with member states. Beyond this most basic definition, however, scholars debate the applications and implications of the term. Joining the concept of identity from political science with legal principle, Malcolm M. Feeley and Edward Rubin propose a theory of federalism and test the relevance of federalism for the United States today.
Institutional Foundations of Public Finance by Alan J. Auerbach, Jim Block, and Daniel N. Shaviro. Institutional Foundations of Public Finance integrates economic and legal perspectives on taxation and fiscal policy, offering a provocative assessment of the most important issues in public finance today.
The Economists' Voice: Top Economists Take On Today's Problems, edited by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Aaron S. Edlin, and J. Bradford DeLong. In this valuable resource, more than 30 of the world's top economists offer innovative policy ideas and insightful commentary on our most pressing economic issues, such as global warming, the global economy, government spending, Social Security, tax reform, real estate, and political and social policy, including an extensive look at the economics of capital punishment, welfare reform, and the recent presidential elections.
International Legal Research in a Nutshell by Marci Hoffman and Robert C. Berring. This Nutshell provides a basic introduction to international legal research for the nonspecialist. It offers guidance through the unfamiliar pathways of research using international legal materials and demystifies the world of treaties.
Race Law Stories by Rachel Moran and Devon Wayne Carbado. Race Law Stories brings to life well known and not so well known legal opinions–hidden gems that address slavery, Native American conquest, Chinese exclusion, Jim Crow laws, Japanese-American internment, immigration, affirmative action, voting rights, and employment discrimination.
Privacy, Information, and Technology by Daniel J. Solove and Paul Schwartz. Privacy, Information, and Technology examines how the right to privacy is implicated by the Internet, communications media, and emergent technologies. Anyone interested in exploring this timely subject will find Privacy, Information, and Technology informative, readable, and engaging.
Information Privacy Law by Daniel J. Solove and Paul M. Schwartz. Now this rapidly evolving area of law finally has the text it deserves. Written by two of the field's leading figures, this book's readings and cases cover the full range of privacy issues, from Megan's Law to employee monitoring to genetic privacy. It also includes the first extensive coverage of several important topics, especially in such key areas as medical privacy and international law.
Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process by Justin Sweet and Marc M. Schneier. The primary focus of this text is to provide a bridge for students between the academic world and the real world. This bridge is built through an understanding of what is law, how law is created, how law affects almost every activity of human conduct, and how legal institutions operate.
American Indian Law, Cases and Commentary by Robert T. Anderson, Bethany Berger, Phillip P. Frickey, and Sarah A. Krakoff. This casebook provides a lucid introduction to the legal relationships between American Indian tribes and the federal government and the individual states.
Federal Rules of Evidence and California Evidence Code 2008 Supplement by David Sklansky. This comprehensive supplement includes the most recent statutory developments in the Federal Rules of Evidence and California Evidence Code.
Evidence: Cases, Commentary, and Problems by David Sklansky. Evidence: Cases, Commentary, and Problems offers a dynamic blend of pedagogy but tips the scales in favor of using carefully chosen and edited cases to present central concepts and issues of contemporary debate in evidence law.
Leading Cases in Constitutional Law by Jesse H. Choper, Richard H. Fallon Jr., Yale Kamisar, and Steven H. Shiffrin. An annually revised paperback designed for a single-semester course on constitutional law.
After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy, and a New Reconstruction by Mary Frampton, Ian Lopez, and Jonathan Simon. The volume's immediate goal is to spark a fresh conversation about the war on crime and its consequences; its long-term aspiration is to develop a clear understanding of how we got here and of where we should go.
Water War in the Klamath Basin: Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics by Holly D. Doremus and A. Dan Tarlock. Water War in the Klamath Basin explores common elements fundamental to natural resource conflicts that must be overcome if conflicts are to be resolved. It is a fascinating look at a topic of importance for anyone concerned with the management, use, and conservation of increasingly limited natural resources.
Judgment Calls: Principle and Politics in Constitutional Law by Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry. The authors explain how judicial discretion can be exercised responsibly, describe the existing constraints that guide and cabin such discretion, and suggest improvements.
In Retained by the People, Professor Daniel Farber argues that Supreme Court "fundamental rights" decisions have overlooked the Ninth Amendment. By explaining the essentiality of the "silent" Ninth Amendment (which holds that stated Constitutional rights cannot infringe on others retained by the people), Farber outlines a powerful new judicial approach to cases involving our most fundamental freedoms.
Beyond the Big Firm, a new book co-written by Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice Associate Director Diane T. Chin, profiles lawyers pursuing their passions outside the traditional law firm structure, in government, nonprofits, and small private firms. The book provides valuable resources for any law school graduate interested in working outside the norm.
Male-Male Intimacy in Early America, by Boalt Archivist William Benemann, is a fascinating look at homosexuality in Colonial and post-Colonial America. By painstakingly sifting through historical documents, Benemann exposes hidden details of male relationships in early America—no small feat considering that the subject was taboo—while engaging the reader with clear and compelling prose.
Earl Warren and the Warren Court compiles essays from noted academics regarding the impact of the Warren court on law. Edited and introduced by Professor Harry Scheiber and including essays by Professors Jesse Choper, Malcolm Feeley, and Philip Frickey, this collection explores how the Warren court shaped judicial procedure and influenced international law.
Governing Through Crime, the latest book from Professor Jonathan Simon '87/'90 (Ph.D.), contends that America’s obsession with crime has been intensified by politicians who use the specter of criminality to justify government intrusion in our everyday lives. In an era in which the "War on Crime" permeates society, Simon argues that Americans must assess and debate criminality in order to remove its political underpinnings.