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"Esteemed Bookes of Lawe" and the Legal Culture of Early Virginia
"Esteemed Bookes of Lawe" and the Legal Culture of Early Virginia
Billings, Warren M., Tarter, Brent

Virginia men of law constituted one of the first learned professions in colonial America, and Virginia legal culture had an important and lasting impact on American political...


The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson
The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson
Mayer, David N.

In this comprehensive account of Thomas Jefferson's constitutional thought, David N. Mayer offers a fresh perspective on Jefferson's philosophy of government. Eschewing the "...


In Chambers
In Chambers

Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices

Peppers, Todd C., Ward, Artemus

Written by former law clerks, legal scholars, biographers, historians, and political scientists, the essays in In Chambers tell the fascinating story of clerking at the...


Magna Carta
Magna Carta

Text and Commentary

Howard, A. E. Dick

A classic classroom reference since its 1964 publication, this indispensable volume offers the full text of Magna Carta in English, as well as a chapter-by-chapter discussion...


The Martinsville Seven
The Martinsville Seven

Race, Rape, and Capital Punishment

Rise, Eric W.

This book offers the first comprehensive treatment of the case of the Martinsville Seven, a group of young black men executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman in...


The Silent Prologue
The Silent Prologue

How Judicial Philosophies Shape Our Constitutional Rights

Raban, Ofer

The U.S. Constitution contains a series of rights and liberties operating as restrictions on the powers of government, and courts have the final authority to determine what...


Contract and Consent
Contract and Consent

Representation and the Jury in Anglo-American Legal History

Pole, J. R.

In Contract and Consent, the renowned legal historian J. R. Pole posits that legal history has become highly specialized, while mainstream political and social...


Juries and Judges versus the Law
Juries and Judges versus the Law

Virginia's Provincial Legal Perspective, 1783–1828

Miller, F. Thornton

Juries and Judges versus the Law examines the efforts of Virginians to resist the imposition of a supreme law of the land, to be enforced by a supreme court. F. Thornton Miller...


The Supreme Court Bar
The Supreme Court Bar

Legal Elites in the Washington Community

McGuire, Kevin T.

Who represents litigants in the Supreme Court of the United States? Kevin T. McGuire shows that the most sophisticated of them have the advantage of representation by an elite...


The Battle for the Court
The Battle for the Court

Interest Groups, Judicial Elections, and Public Policy

Baum, Lawrence, Klein, David, Streb, Matthew J.

Once largely ignored, judicial elections in the states have become increasingly controversial over the past two decades. Legal organizations, prominent law professors, and a...


Of Courtiers and Kings
Of Courtiers and Kings

More Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices

Cushman, Clare, Peppers, Todd C.

Supreme Court justices have long relied on law clerks to help process the work of the Court. Yet few outside the Court are privy to the behind-the-scenes bonds that form...


Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity
Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity
Wasby, Stephen L.

The first book-length study of civil rights litigation from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity fills a void in the...


A Storm over This Court
A Storm over This Court

Law, Politics, and Supreme Court Decision Making in Brown v. Board of Education

Hockett, Jeffrey D.

On the way to offering a new analysis of the basis of the Supreme Court’s iconic decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Jeffrey Hockett critiques an array of theories...


Religious Freedom
Religious Freedom

Jefferson’s Legacy, America's Creed

Ragosta, John A.

For over one hundred years, Thomas Jefferson and his Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom have stood at the center of our understanding of religious liberty and the First...


Statute Law in Colonial Virginia
Statute Law in Colonial Virginia

Governors, Assemblymen, and the Revisals That Forged the Old Dominion

Billings, Warren M.

Between 1632 and 1748, Virginia’s General Assembly revised the colony’s statutes seven times. These revisals provide an invaluable opportunity to gauge how governors,...


Historian in Chief
Historian in Chief

How Presidents Interpret the Past to Shape the Future

Cotlar, Seth, Ellis, Richard J.

Presidents shape not only the course of history but also how Americans remember and retell that history. From the Oval Office they instruct us what to respect and what to...


The Road from Runnymede
The Road from Runnymede

Magna Carta and Constitutionalism in America

Howard, A. E. Dick

For the eight hundredth anniversary of the Magna Carta, the University of Virginia Press presents the first paperback edition of The Road from Runnymede by A. E. Dick...


The Warren Court in Historical and Political Perspective
The Warren Court in Historical and Political Perspective
Tushnet, Mark

The tenure of Earl Warren as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1953-69) was marked by a series of decisions unique in the history of the Court for the...


New Communitarian Thinking
New Communitarian Thinking

Persons, Virtues, Institutions, and Communities

Etzioni, Amitai

Communitarian thought is at the heart of a fierce debate in political theory about the justice, efficacy, and future of liberalism and liberal societies. Amitai Etzioni has...


Courts, Politics, and Culture in Israel
Courts, Politics, and Culture in Israel
Edelman, Martin

In this clearly written and tightly argued analysis of the various Israeli court systems, Martin Edelman probes a fundamental issue: whether those courts protect human rights...


Of Courtiers and Princes
Of Courtiers and Princes

Stories of Lower Court Clerks and Their Judges

Peppers, Todd C.

Praise for In Chambers:

"This new collection of essays, including some by former clerks, takes readers inside justices’ chambers for a look at clerkship life...