New and Notable: Finding Your Voice in Law School

Finding Your Voice in Law School: Mastering Classroom Cold Calls, Job Interviews, and Other Verbal Challenges / Molly Bishop Shadel
Call Number: KF283.S52 2013

From the Publisher:
Many college graduates aren’t prepared for the new challenges they will face in law school. Intense classroom discussion, mock trials and moot courts, learning the language of law, and impressing potential employers in a range of interview situations—it sounds intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Finding Your Voice in Law School offers a step-by-step guide to the most difficult tests you will confront as a law student, from making a speech in front of a room full of lawyers to arguing before a judge and jury. Author Molly Shadel, a former Justice Department attorney and Columbia law graduate who now teaches advocacy at the University of Virginia School of Law, also explains how to lay a strong foundation for your professional reputation.
Communicating effectively—with professors, at social gatherings, with supervisors and colleagues at summer jobs, and as a leader of a student organization—can have a lasting impact on your legal career. Building the skills (and attitude) you need to shine among a sea of qualified students has never been more important. Finding Your Voice in Law School shows what it takes to become the lawyer you want to be.

New and Notable: Marginal Workers

Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them Without Protection by Reuben J.  Garcia. Call Number: LAW-4th Floor  KF3464.G37 2012.

From the Publisher:

Undocumented and authorized immigrant laborers, female workers, workers of color, guest workers, and unionized workers together compose an enormous and diverse part of the labor force in America. Labor and employment laws are supposed to protect employees from various workplace threats, such as poor wages, bad working conditions, and unfair dismissal.

In Marginal Workers, Ruben J. Garcia demonstrates that when it comes to these marginal workers, the sum of the law is less than its parts, and, despite what appears to be a plethora of applicable statutes, marginal workers are frequently lacking in protection. [The author] argues for a new paradigm in worker protection, one based on human freedom and rights, and points to a number of examples in which marginal workers have organized for greater justice on the job in spite of the weakness of the law.

New and Notable: Alaska Natives and American Laws

Alaska Natives and American Laws by David S. Case and David A. Voluck.
Call Number: LAW-New Books  KFA1705.C37 2012.

While the practice of tribal or federal Indian law presents its own challenges, the law governing Alaska’s first peoples has its own unique complexities. Many of these are addressed in the new edition of what has become a classic work on the subject by Case and Voluck. As the publisher states, “… Alaska Natives and American Laws is still the only work of its kind, canvassing federal law and its history as applied to the indigenous peoples of Alaska. Covering 1867 through 2011, the authors offer lucid explanations of the often-tangled history of policy and law as applied to Alaska’s first peoples. Divided conceptually into four broad themes of indigenous rights to land, subsistence, services, and sovereignty, the book offers a thorough and balanced analysis of the evolution of these rights in the forty-ninth state.”

New and Notable: Binocular Vision

Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman
Call number: LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PS3566.E2187B56 2011

Binocular Vision won numerous awards in 2011, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. The title was also recommended on several “Best 2011 Top Ten Fiction Titles” lists. In the book, author Edith Pearlman shared many of her previous award winning short stories along with some equally creative new works. Story after story, this collection evokes page-turning interest.

New and Notable: The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Call number: LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PR6052.A6657S46 2011

From the publisher:

The Sense of an Ending won the  2011 Man Booker Prize. Acclaimed author Julian Barnes wrote this thought-provoking novel about a man placed at surprisingly unfamiliar cross roads. It focuses on the succeeding choices he makes in light of his alarming dilemma. The book questions, “How do you carry on, contentedly, when events conspire to upset all your vaunted truths? Laced with [the author’s] trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers.”

New and Notable: Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
Call Number: LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PS3623.A7323S36 2011

Salvage the Bones: A Novel is a vivid portrayal of a poor rural family coping and realizing the far reaching effects of hurricane Katrina. By empathetically imparting twelve significant days before, during, and after this horrific natural event, the author provides a deeper understanding of Katrina’s consequences. Author Jesmyn Ward won the 2011 National book award and 2012 Alex award for this enlightening story.

New and Notable: The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
Call Number: LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PS3555.I793 A6 2010

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, a compilation of four volumes, won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. On awarding the prestigious prize to the author, judge Laura Furman related, “From the first to the last of her collected stories, Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates her sharp intelligence, literary inventiveness and her clear understanding of human interconnectedness as it exists in isolation.”

New Books in the Library

The library is constantly adding new books to the collection. Many of those titles can be found (for a short period of time) on the New and Notable shelf just in front of the reference desk. Feel free to stop by to peruse the new books or check them out for more in depth reading.

Fun with the Catalog: A Search for Beauty

Run a catalog search for “beauty” and one of the first hits will be to The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law, by Stanford Law Professor Deborah L. Rhode. This book explores discrimination against people who do not conform to mainstream notions of beauty, and describes the use of law to protect individuals from discrimination based on their appearance. The book is available on the 4th floor at KF478.R48 2010. You can also read the New York Times book review online.

New Database of Product Safety Information

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has rolled out a new searchable database of safety information about consumer products such as toys, cribs, power tools, and household chemicals. This site allows consumers to submit reports of harm and read reports submitted by other consumers. One can also read manufacturer responses to complaints, and recall information.