We the People Book Club (Classroom Law Project)

Even if we don’t join all those book clubs dangled so temptingly (ahem) in front of us, we can still add their books to our personal reading lists.

But if you are inclined to join a Lucky Lab CLP book group meet-up and if you’re a bit of a law and governement wonk, here’s a book club for you:

We the People Book Club, which meets at the Lucky Lab, will be reading the following books:

“It can be hard to keep up with all the great books about American government and democracy. Back by popular demand is a a book club where we will explore great books — loosely related to the Units in the WTP text — with great friends over a pretty good dinner. Leading book club discussions is the always insightful Susie Marcus and with her Shelley Larkins, the winning, inquisitive and fun attorney coach from Grant HS’s Con Team.

•Tuesday, Dec. 3 Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
•Tuesday, Feb. 25 Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe
•Tuesday, Apr. 29 Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy by Gary May
•Tuesday, May 27 Peyote vs. the State: Religious Freedom on Trial by Garrett Epps
•Tuesday, Jun. 17 My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor…” [Read the blog post and visit the CLP homepage.]

2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction accepting entries

“2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction accepting entries

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird, and to honor former Alabama law student and author Harper Lee, The University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal partnered together to create the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction in 2010. The prize, authorized by Ms. Lee, is given annually to a book-length work of fiction ….” [Link to announcement.]

King Lear Goes to Law School: Estate Planning, Distribution of Wealth, and the Art of Teaching

It’s definitely the Year of King Lear, with ghostly sightings, new theatre productions, creative interpretations, and now:

King Lear in Law School (from the Gallagher Blog)

Maybe you can read the article along with  book “Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age,” by Hendrik Hartog

Gift, Luxury, or Necessity: How to Buy the Tablet or e-Reader that Suits You

Public libraries have some of the best buyers’ guides for e-Reading devices. Check at your own public library or start with this one to find links to reviews, consumer tips, and more:

Washington County (Oregon) Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), “Choosing a table or e-reader” (and check out their Library2Go help pages – or visit your own public library’s eBook pages)

Read ’til your lips hurt: 25 greatest law novels…ever! (ABA Journal)

From the ABA Journal, August 1, 2013, post: “25 greatest law novels…ever!”

The ABA Journal has been exploring a fascinating romance between lawyers and popular culture. We’ve traced this connection through films and plays and television, and the conclusion is inescapable: Not only do lawyers seem to love pop culture; pop culture seems to love lawyers back.

But this year we’re raising the bar. We’ve attempted to survey the world of literature to find the best portrayals of lawyers and the law…” [Link to full article and list.]

Lawyers: Save Time & Money: “Legal Information Buyer’s Guide & Reference Manual”

Law offices without law librarians can also save time and money with the tips and reviews in the 2013 Legal Information Buyer’s Guide & Reference Manual.

1) How to deter and refuse unsolicited shipments: Do you know about 39 U.S. Code 3009?

2) Do you really need annual print supplements? (They can be expensive up-front and to file/shelve.)

3) Product reviews:  Buy only the best, buy only what you need, buy only what you can afford.

4) Learn how to evaluate legal materials.

5) Learn which used law books are good value.

6) Select the research resource you need from thousands of subject-specific loose-leaf, treatise, and database reviews.

7) Twelve appendices with legal publication costs, publishers, and other spreadsheets, charts, and guides.

Many public law libraries and law school libraries will have a copy for you to read. (It’s almost always a reference copy, so you probably won’t be able to check it out.)

Or, consider buying a used copy of the “Legal Information Buyer’s Guide & Reference Manual,” to take it for a trial run; it is published annually.

The Politics of Parking (Book)

There is nothing like a Parking dispute to bring out one’s inner monster, whether the metamorphosis takes place in a faculty meeting (or parking lot), a mall parking lot in December, or in front of one’s home & hearth. There is now a serious book on the subject.

For a parallel view on the Zen of Parking, and in a more humorous mode, read Calvin Trillin’s 2001 novel, “Tepper isn’t going out,” but for a more prosaic examination of Parking, here is the title of that new book:

“Politics of Parking: Rights, Identity, and Property,” by Sarah Marusek

Public Law Librarianship: A Book and a Review

If you are a public law librarian, a public law library trustee, or interested in pursuing a career in public law librarianship, here’s a great book and a book review:

Public Law Librarianship: Objectives, Challenges, and Solutions,” by Laurie Selwyn and Virginia Eldridge. IGI Global, 2012, 281 pages.

We have a copy in our Law Library and your law library may have one, too.

Papa, What’s Money?

From, Dombey & Son, by Charles Dickens (via Gutenberg), Chapter 8:

“….  ‘Papa! what’s money?’

The abrupt question had such immediate reference to the subject of Mr Dombey’s thoughts, that Mr Dombey was quite disconcerted.

‘What is money, Paul?’ he answered. ‘Money?’

‘Yes,’ said the child, laying his hands upon the elbows of his little chair, and turning the old face up towards Mr Dombey’s; ‘what is money?’

Mr Dombey was in a difficulty. He would have liked to give him some explanation involving the terms circulating-medium, currency, depreciation of currency’, paper, bullion, rates of exchange, value of precious metals in the market, and so forth; but looking down at the little chair, and seeing what a long way down it was, he answered: ‘Gold, and silver, and copper. Guineas, shillings, half-pence. You know what they are?’

‘Oh yes, I know what they are,’ said Paul. ‘I don’t mean that, Papa. I mean what’s money after all?’

Heaven and Earth, how old his face was as he turned it up again towards his father’s!

‘What is money after all!’ said Mr Dombey, backing his chair a little, that he might the better gaze in sheer amazement at the presumptuous atom that propounded such an inquiry.

‘I mean, Papa, what can it do?’ returned Paul, folding his arms (they were hardly long enough to fold), and looking at the fire, and up at him, and at the fire, and up at him again.

Mr Dombey drew his chair back to its former place, and patted him on the head. ‘You’ll know better by-and-by, my man,’ he said. ‘Money, Paul, can do anything.’ He took hold of the little hand, and beat it softly against one of his own, as he said so.

But Paul got his hand free as soon as he could; and rubbing it gently to and fro on the elbow of his chair, as if his wit were in the palm, and he were sharpening it—and looking at the fire again, as though the fire had been his adviser and prompter—repeated, after a short pause:

‘Anything, Papa?’

‘Yes. Anything—almost,’ said Mr Dombey.

‘Anything means everything, don’t it, Papa?’ asked his son: not observing, or possibly not understanding, the qualification.

‘It includes it: yes,’ said Mr Dombey.

‘Why didn’t money save me my Mama?’ returned the child. ‘It isn’t cruel, is it?’

‘Cruel!’ said Mr Dombey, settling his neckcloth, and seeming to resent the idea. ‘No. A good thing can’t be cruel.’

‘If it’s a good thing, and can do anything,’ said the little fellow, thoughtfully, as he looked back at the fire, ‘I wonder why it didn’t save me my Mama.’

You can read Dombey and Son at Gutenberg dot org and you can find this excerpt there by “finding” (CTRL-F) the words: what is money. This excerpt is in: CHAPTER 8. Paul’s Further Progress, Growth and Character.