By Andrew Cohen
Berkeley Law honored its faculty scholars at the school’s annual “Authors’ Prandium” Wednesday. Hosted by Dean Sujit Choudhry and Professor Anne Joseph O’Connell, associate dean for faculty development and research, the event celebrated the scholars’ recent books showcasing innovative research and a broad range of expertise.
Choudhry and O’Connell took turns briefly describing the 20 books, which tackle subjects from poverty law to ocean security, juvenile justice to Korean Law, and mass incarceration to torts. They include legal casebooks, scholarly analyses, and practical guides for professional legal skills.
Professors Malcolm Feeley, David Oppenheimer, Harry Scheiber, John Yoo, and Franklin Zimring each published two or more books.
The collection includes pioneering efforts that delve into new legal terrain. Some examples: Kristin Luker and Melissa Murray co-authored the nation’s first casebook on reproductive rights and justice, Victoria Plaut explored ideologies and best practices in organizational diversity, and Ian Haney Lopez confronted coded racial appeals and their impact on electoral politics.
“Ian’s book is more relevant than ever today in an age of the Tea Party and our first black president,” O’Connell said.
The works also include updated editions of seminal books that have been in print for decades. Melvin Eisenberg published the 9th edition of Basic Contract Law with colleague and new co-author Mark Gergen, Aaron Edlin published the 7th edition of his Antitrust Analysis casebook, and Oppenheimer published the 5th editions of his trial and deposition materials stemming from the case Rowe v. Pacific Quad.
“If only all of our books could be so successful,” O’Connell said.
The scholars also showcased Berkeley Law’s collaborative bent, as 14 of the 20 books were joint efforts. Both of Scheiber’s publications were produced in conjunction with the school’s Law of the Sea Institute, and one of them—The Oceans in the Nuclear Age: Legacies and Risks—features edited papers by 23 authors from 14 countries.
The full list of faculty books:
Aaron Edlin. Antitrust Analysis: Problems, Text, and Cases (7th edition), co-authors Louis Kaplow, Phillip Areeda.
Malcolm Feeley. The Process is the Punishment: Handling Cases in a Lower Criminal Court; Court Reform on Trial: Why Simple Solutions Fail.
Ian Haney Lopez. Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.
Barry Krisberg. American Corrections: Concepts and Controversies, co-authors Susan Marchionna and Christopher Hartney.
David Oppenheimer. A Simulated Case File for Learning Civil Procedure, co-authors Molly Leiwant, Rebecca Schonberg, and Sam Wheeler; Rowe v. Pacific Quad: Trial Materials (5th edition), co-author Fred Moss; Rowe v. Pacific Quad: Deposition Materials (5th edition), co-author Fred Moss.
Victoria Plaut. Diversity Ideologies in Organizations, co-editors Kecia Thomas and Ny Mia Tran.
Harry Scheiber. Securing the Ocean for the Next Generation (Law of the Sea Institute publication), co-author Moon-Sang Kwon; Oceans in the Nuclear Age: Legacies and Risks (Law of the Sea Institute publication), co-author David Caron.
Jeffrey Selbin. Poverty Law: Policy and Practice, co-authors Ezra Rosser, Clare Pastore, and Juliet Brodie.
Jonathan Simon. Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America.
Stephen Sugarman. Torts – A Wider View.
Franklin Zimring. Choosing the Future for American Juvenile Justice, co-editor David Tanenhaus; Criminal Law and the Regulation of Vice (2nd edition), co-author Bernard Harcourt.