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ROGER CLEGG
REHEATING THE MELTING POT: A REVIEW OF MICHAEL BARONE'S THE NEW AMERICANS
Roger Clegg, General Counsel to the Center for Equal Opportunity, reviews Michael Barone's recent book "The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again," which supports both immigration and the requirement that immigrants assimilate.
Friday, Aug. 03, 2001

MARCI HAMILTON
THE STORY OF, AND THE RHETORIC ABOUT, THE SUPREME COURT'S "PEYOTE CASE": A REVIEW OF TWO BOOKS ON A LEADING FREE EXERCISE DECISION
FindLaw columnist and book reviewer Marci Hamilton assesses the merits of two books on the Supreme Court's "peyote case," by Garrett Epps and Carolyn Long, respectively. The case held that despite the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution, use of peyote in Native American religious ceremonies can still be punished. Epps and Long tell the human story behind the case.
Friday, Jul. 27, 2001

LAURA HODES
THE DMCA, THE DEATH OF NAPSTER, AND THE DIGITAL AGE: A REVIEW OF JESSICA LITMAN'S DIGITAL COPYRIGHT
FindLaw book reviewer and cyberlaw attorney Laura Hodes reviews Internet copyright expert Jessica Litman's new book, Digital Copyright.
Friday, Jul. 20, 2001

STANLEY I. KUTLER
A GREAT CASE THAT MADE NO LAW: A REVIEW OF ALAN DERSHOWITZ'S BOOK ON BUSH V. GORE
University of Wisconsin (Madison) law professor Stanley Kutler weighs in on Alan Dershowitz's book about the election, "Supreme Injustice: How the Court Hijacked Election 2000."
Friday, Jul. 13, 2001

BARTON ARONSON
A REVIEW OF HERNANDO DE SOTO'S "THE MYSTERY OF CAPITAL"
FindLaw columnist and prosecutor Barton Aronson reviews Hernando de Soto's "The Mystery of Capital" -- which offers an explanation of the reasons why, despite significant wealth in the form of land and other resources, Third World countries have not benefited from capitalism as much as the West has. Aronson discusses the need for strong systems of enforceable property rights that can rescue houses and other assets from becoming "dead capital" very difficult to sell or mortgage. He also notes the evolution of Western property rights from a Third World-like regime of squatters, which persisted despite an anti-squatting Supreme Court decision, to the system we have today.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2001

TREVOR MORRISON
A REVIEW OF AMY GUTMAN'S LEGAL THRILLER, EQUIVOCAL DEATH
An attorney for the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel reviews Amy Gutman's debut novel, the legal thriller Equivocal Death -- and reflects on the commentaries on big firm life and sex harassment issues implicit in the novel.
Monday, Jan. 22, 2001

BRYAN FINE
BOOK REVIEW OF BRAD MELTZER'S "THE FIRST COUNSEL"
FindLaw contributor Bryan Fine offers his reaction to Author Brad Meltzer's new novel "The First Counsel." Citing a fascinating plot and witty, yet seemingly realistic, dialogue, Fine explains why he thinks this latest legal thriller is a must-read.
Monday, Jan. 08, 2001

BART ARONSON
"MY BLOODY LIFE" REVIEWED
Prosecutor and former D.A. Barton Aronson reviews the new gang memoir, "My Bloody Life," and explains the limits of laws designed to address gang activities.
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2000

JUDITH HAGLEY
BORROWING STORIES FROM POPULAR CULTURE: WHEN LAW GOES POP
Judith Hagley, an attorney in the Solicitor's Office of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, reviews "When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line Between Law and Popular Culture." In this book, New York Law School Professor Richard K. Sherwin talks about how these days, more often than not, lawyers borrow narrative from popular culture to make their cases.
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000

ANN CHIH LIN
REVIEW OF TED CONOVER'S "NEWJACK: GUARDING SING SING"
Author Anh Chih Lin reviews Ted Conover's "Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing," which recounts Conover's experiences as a corrections officer in Sing Sing, a maximum security New York State prison. Unable to obtain permission to interview prison corrections officers so he could write about them, Conover applied for the job and underwent training. His book is an insider's look at the life of a corrections officer in the infamous prison.
Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2000

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