The Beginning and The End
June 23, 2011

Elizabeth Price Foley thinks it significant that the law defines when death occurs but avoids a single definition of when human life begins. The reaso

Ideals and Idols
June 08, 2011

The basic argument of Jack Balkin's Constitutional Redemption, repeated frequently, is that the legitimacy of the Constitution presupposes and require

Crimes and Punishments
June 02, 2011

Few could disagree with the central premise of Michael Tonry’s book: the War on Drugs has failed. The price of crack cocaine has fallen steadily since

The Court of Literature
April 14, 2011

Kenji Yoshino, a law professor at NYU, argues that Shakespeare’s plays contribute to modern debates about law and justice, and he draws crisp lessons

Huck and Jim and Law
February 21, 2011

Ethan J. Leib’s book falls short as a reformist call to arms, but is more successful as a reflection on the complex relationship between law and frien

One Side Now
January 02, 2011

Erwin Chemerinsky's uneven depictions of the last forty years of Supreme Court rulings are useful, but founded on faulty logic. The legacy of the Warr

October 26, 2010

The authors start with the indisputable observation that the large-c Constitution of 1789, which can be seen under glass in the National Archives, is

Pragmatism Strikes Back
September 28, 2010

Justice Stephen Breyer’s new book arrives at a time when liberals are still hungry for a constitutional vision. And Justice Breyer is the only sitting

Living It Up
August 02, 2010

Two new books lay out two different accounts of living constitutionalism. These living constitutionalisms have a common enemy—originalism, roughly the

The Prudent and the Imprudent
May 18, 2010

Schoenfeld believes that often the nation has not gone far enough in restricting civil liberties. He argues that the United States has not worked har