Lawfare from the Bench
September 05, 2011

IN 1861, acting through his agents, Abraham Lincoln detained a Marylander named John Merryman (who had waged private war against the federal governmen

True Religion
July 11, 2011

How refreshing it is to see an entirely different kind of book about law and religion in The Agnostic Age, by constitutional scholar Paul Horwitz. Hor

Shooting It Out
July 06, 2011

Adam Winkler tells the story behind District of Columbia v. Heller in this wide-ranging historical narrative that touches on every imaginable source f

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