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Who’s That Man?

Who’s That Man?

AMERICA UNDER THE PRESIDENCY of Barack Obama may seem to be a different planet from America under the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, but there are some similarities, including in the area of racial ...

Four Who Made the US Constitution

Four Who Made the US Constitution

JOSEPH ELLIS, who has authored a number of studies of the founding era in American history, is well positioned to write an entertaining account of the four men whom he sees guiding the nation to polit...

The Importance of Dissent

The Importance of Dissent

TODAY, FOUR OUT OF EVERY FIVE US Supreme Court decisions include one or more dissenting opinions. Justice William O. Douglas wrote that the “right to dissent is the only thing that makes life tolera...

A Lawyer for Lady Chatterley’s Lover

A Lawyer for Lady Chatterley’s Lover

MY FIRST JOB at a law firm after graduating from Columbia Law School in 1969 was working with Charles Rembar. Everyone called him Cy. Beyond his impressive legal career, Cy wrote three fascinating bo...

Gerry Spence and His Fight Against Power

Gerry Spence and His Fight Against Power

I DIDN’T WANT to like this book. Let me explain why. I am a former prosecutor, and for years, we prosecutors have been the targets of Gerry Spence’s invective against the criminal justice system. ...

True Stories

True Stories

WHEN I WAS ABOUT 12, my dad taught me the power of the pitch. Family finances had recently taken a huge hit, and we had to put my pony, Misty, up for sale. I’d written an ad that had run in the Live...

The Laws of Hollywood

The Laws of Hollywood

YOU DON’T need to be an independent film producer to enjoy this book. Clearance & Copyright is like a very long and convivial conversation with your own personal “dream lawyer,” someo...

States in a Nation

States in a Nation

PROFESSOR AKHIL REED AMAR has written a book that is simultaneously profound in its insights about the United States Constitution and quite frustrating for the reader. The book is filled with fascinat...

Is the First Amendment Poetic?

Is the First Amendment Poetic?

IN THE NAME OF CELEBRATING what he sees as the music and poetry of the First Amendment, and with impeccable credentials — as former national legal director of the ACLU, founding legal director of th...

The Legal Legacy of Citizen Four

The Legal Legacy of Citizen Four

  TWO YEARS AGO, June 6, 2013, England’s Guardian newspaper ran this startling headline: America’s National Security Agency (the NSA) was “collecting phone records of millions of Ver...

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

Jake Heggie has been called "arguably the world's most popular 21st century opera composer" by the Wall Street Journal. His most famous opera, Dead Man Walking, a story about a death row ...