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September 2001


Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law of the Japanese American Internment. Eric K. Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, Carol L. Izumi, Jerry Kang. Aspen Publishers, Inc. KF7224.5.R33 2001

Note: Seattle University School of Law Professor Margaret Chon co-authored this publication.

From the Publisher: A critical exploration of the legal and historical repercussions of the Japanese American internment during World War II.

The balance between civil liberties and national security is scrutinized in this, the first comprehensive course book ever published to critically explore the legal, ethical, and social ramifications of the internment of Japanese American citizens during World War II, including reparation for government wrongdoing to Japanese Americans as well as its implications for other racial and ethnic minority groups. This book features:

  • An outstanding author team—all are noted scholars in this and other fields of law —Jerry Kang is the author of Aspen's Communications Law and Policy
  • A rich pedagogy that includes thematic overviews, socio-historical background, in-depth study modules, cases, original documents, questions, and commentary
  • An interdisciplinary approach that includes scholarship from sociology and history as well as law review articles and cases
  • A discussion of how areas of law construct race and how political and social contexts shape and influence law.

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E-commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms. Ian C. Ballon. Little Falls, New Jersey, Glasser LegalWorks, 2001. KF390.5.C6B35 2001. Three volumes.

From the author: Practicing Internet and e-commerce law requires the kind of speed and agility that runs counter to the careful, measured deliberation that we were taught to bring to bear to problems while in law school. When Dan Lynch wrote in 1996 that the Internet moves in dog years (i.e. with a 7:1 compression) he was pretty close to the mark. New technologies and business models develop almost overnight, forcing Internet lawyers to come up with creative ways to say "yes" to clients-often in the absence of clearly governing precedent. In order to operate in this environment, lawyers need to be steeped in a body of law that is constantly evolving and by its very nature multi-disciplinary, as well as understand the underlying technologies and business models that change even more rapidly. More fundamentally, we are frequently called upon to provide quick, constructive solutions to problems that case law and Congress have not yet contemplated or adequately defined.

In this work, I have tried to document the current state of Internet law, project future trends to the extent discernable and provide a framework for analyzing emerging problems (offering, to the extent possible, practical solutions to otherwise complex problems). While I have endeavored to carefully consider the issues that I have written about, the opinions expressed in this book ultimately are solely my own. As a mere commentator, I do not pretend to have anticipated all legal issues or fact scenarios relevant to e-commerce law or to have created a work that is error-free. By comparison, the genius of the common law is that it allows rules and principles to develop through a process of trial and error, based on actual cases and controversies (albeit supplemented by legal scholarship and adjusted, where necessary, through legislation). I encourage readers to contribute to the process of developing the common law of the Internet by using the Web site for this book to publicize and comment on new legal developments, offer their comments and criticisms and document emerging trends.


  • Sources of Internet Law and Practice
  • Business Communications and Information Security
  • Intellectual Property in Cyberspace
  • E-Commerce Licenses and Contracts
  • Conduct and Regulation of Electronic Commerce
  • Internet Speech, Defamation and Torts
  • Obscenity, Pornography, Adult Entertainment and the Protection of Children
  • Theft of Digital Information
  • Liability of Online Providers and Web Cite Owners
  • Civil Jurisdiction and Litigation

Ian C. Ballon is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, where he concentrates on Internet, e-commerce and convergence law litigation, licensing, and strategic counseling.

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The Federal Appointments Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis. Michael J. Gerhardt. Duke University Press. JK731.G47 2000.

From the jacket: Although the federal appointment of U.S. judges and executive branch officers has consistently engendered controversy, previous studies of the process have been limited to particular conflicts and have tended to view appointments in a vacuum without regard to other incidents in the process, other legislative matters, or broader social, political, and historical developments. The Federal Appointment Process fills this gap by providing the first comprehensive analysis of over two hundred years of federal appointments in the United States, revealing crucial patterns of growth and change in one of the most central of our democratic processes.

Michael J. Gerhardt includes each U.S. president's performance record regarding appointments, accounts of virtually all the major confirmation contests, as well as discussion of significant legal and constitutional questions raised throughout U.S. history. He also analyzes recess appointments, the Vacancies Act, the function of nominees in the appointment process, and the different treatment received by judicial and non-judicial nominations. While discussing the important roles played by media and technology in federal appointments, Gerhardt not only puts particular controversies in perspective but also identifies important trends in the process, such as how leaders of different institutions attempt to protect -if not expand-their respective prerogatives by exercising their authority over federal appointments. Employing a method of inquiry known as "historical institutionalism" - in which the ultimate goal is to examine the development of an institution in its entirety and not particular personalities or periods- the study concludes with suggestions for reform in light of recent controversies springing from the longest delays in history in Senate action on many judicial nominees.

Michael J. Gerhardt is Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary School of Law.

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Tipping the Scales of Justice: Fighting Weight Based Discrimination. Sondra Solovay. Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York. BF697.5.B63 S65 1999.

From the publisher: Weight is a hot topic. It arouses fear, disgust, and discrimination. This long-neglected area of legal concern affects the rights of a growing number of Americans on a daily basis. What rights do fat people have? Are parents open to legal attack if their child is fat? Can employers discriminate? Should disability laws apply to fat people? Sondra Solovay documents cases of illegal hiring practices, workplace bias, harassment, unfair treatment, medical malpractice, and denial of public access resulting from weight-related prejudice. Telling the fascinating human stories behind precedent-setting cases and international headlines, she concludes with hopeful profiles of everyday people successfully fighting weight-based discrimination.

A landmark piece of research, this book provides a vital tool of legal scholarship regarding this important civil rights issue. Solovay argues that fighting weight-based discrimination is not just a concern for the courts or a problem for fat people, but a necessary goal of any just society.

Sondra Solovay is the nation's leading researcher on weight-based legal issues, and is an educator and legal consultant to attorneys whose clients experience unequal treatment due to their size.

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Religion, Race, and Justice in a Changing America. Gary Orfield and Holly J. Lebowitz, editors; with vignettes from the field by Michal Kurlaender. New York: Century Foundation Press. BL65.C58R45 1999.

From the jacket: In many respects, religion was a bedrock of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. Theology infused the spirit and rhetoric of the movement, churches served as the gathering place for its followers, and men of the cloth-foremost among them the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.- led the perilous journey that changed the nation.

Today, the quest for improving the life of racial minorities and pursuing justice is less a "movement" and more a collection of diffuse efforts to fend off a retrenchment form affirmative action and nondiscrimination laws, improve economic prospects for residents of low-income urban neighborhoods, and organize grassroots political activities. In that context, the relationships between religion and civil rights have become less obvious and more complex.
This volume of essays takes stock of the ways in which different religions, their leaders, and their followers, now see their role in promoting civil rights. Developed in conjunction with the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, this is the first in a series of books that will have as their principal editor either Christopher Edley, Jr., or Gary Orfield.

Gary Orfield is professor of Education and Social Policy and codirector of The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University.

Holly J. Lebowitz is a religion writer living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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