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Beach Reads

Looking for a good read this summer? Consider our recommendations in Classics, in Fiction, in True Life Cases, From the Millies, From Law School Events, About the Supreme Court.


Classics

Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

A misunderstood comment, a fingerprint collecting lawyer, a baby swap, a set of Italian twins, and a murder all come together in Twain's underrated critique of racism in society.

Recommended by: Nancy Babb

This title can be found at Lockwood

Bartleby, The Scrivener by Herman Melville

Follow the degeneration of a man whose job is to copy legal documents in a pre-electronic world. That is, unless you "prefer not to."

Recommended by: Nancy Babb

This title can be found at Lockwood

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Josef K. is arrested and put on trial, leaving him with two important questions: what crime did he commit and who decided it was a crime?

Recommended by: Paul Ziolkowski, Terry McCormack, & Nancy Babb

This title can be found at Lockwood

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

In Miller’s play, 1690s Salem appears a lot like 1950s America as fear and malice feed into a hysteria about witchcraft that turns prosecution into persecution.

Recommended by: Saadia Iqbal & Terry McCormack

This title can be found at Lockwood


Fiction

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

In this futuristic retelling of The Scarlet Letter, criminals are genetically altered to have their skin dyed to reveal their crime. They are then released into a society where there is no separation between church and state.

Recommended by: Christine Anne George

This title can be found at Lockwood

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smithe

Before he was president, he was a vampire-hunting lawyer from Illinois, determined to rid America of vampires...and slavery

Recommended by: Terry McCormack

This title can be found at Lockwood

High Crimes by Joseph Finder

In this legal thriller, Harvard law professor Claire Heller Chapman finds her perfect life disrupted when she has to defend her hsuband in a top-secret court martial.

Recommended by: Christine Anne George

This title can be found at Law Library

Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein

Fans of Law & Order: SVU will get hooked on this fictional series written by the former head of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Unit.

Recommended by: Christine Anne George

This title can be found at Law Library


True Life Cases

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich

Find out about the class action suit to break up journalism’s old boys’ club.

Recommended by: Christine Anne George

This title can be found at Law Library

Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach by Meryl Gordon

Read up on the background to the Brooke Astor case that involves elder abuse and questionable codicils.

Recommended by: Christine Anne George

This title can be found at Lockwood

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and the American Justice System by Paul E. Wice

A look at the American criminal justice system through the lens of Rubin Carter who was wrongly convicted for a triple homicide.


This title can be found at Law Library

Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage by Jeff Benedict

Eminent Domain meets drama in this book about Suzette Kelo from the Supreme Court case Kelo v. City of New London


This title can be found at Law Library


From the Millies

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

This mafia classic introduced the world to the Corleone family: Don Vito; sons Sonny, Fredo and Michael; and adopted son, Tom Hagen, the lawyer and Family consigliere Millie voters are rather fond of.

Recommended by: Joe Gerken

This title can be found at Lockwood

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This classic tells a story of prejudice, justice, and compassion. Also Atticus Finch.

Recommended by: Melissa Bernarz & Anne Marie Swartz

This title can be found at Lockwood

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

Follow the true story of hotshot lawyer Jan Schlichtmann’s epic struggle for justice with Anderson v. Cryovac, a water contamination case .

Recommended by: Beth Adelman & Terry McCormack

This title can be found at Law Library

The Client by John Grisham

The legal thriller about attorney Reggie Love and her quest to protect her child client, Mark Sway, from the Mob that wants him silent, and the prosecutors that want his testimony.

Recommended by: Mary Taylor & Anne Marie Swartz

This title can be found at Lockwood


From Law School Events

Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge by Marjorie Heins

This work covers an interesting chapter of UB's history concerning loyalty oaths.


This title can be found at Law Library

Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State by Jennifer Klein & Eileen Boris

2012 Mitcell Lecture speaker Klein looks at the home health crisis in the US.


This title can be found at Law Library

Someday All of This Will be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age by Hendrik Hartog

2012 Mitchell Lecture speaker Hartog provides an interesting look at inheritance laws in the United States.


This title can be found at Law Library


Supreme Court

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

A fascinating look at what goes on behind the scenes of the highest court in the land.

Recommended by: Joe Gerken & Terry McCormack

This title can be found at Law Library

Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley

In this fictional work, a frustrated president appoints a TV judge to the Supreme Court…and she's confirmed. Hilarity ensues.

Recommended by: Christine Anne George

This title can be found at Law Library

Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court by Sandra Day O'Connor

Justice O'Connor writes about the Court's history and evolution.

Recommended by: Marcia Zubrow

This title can be found at Law Library

Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey by Linda Greenhouse

A biography about Justice Blackmun that examines his friendship with Chief Justice Warren Burger.

Recommended by: Marcia Zubrow

This title can be found at Law Library