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Law – General, Commercial, Criminal

Law Collection

About 10,000 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Law: its origin growth and function, Intro to the Philosophy of Law, The Insider’s Guide to Law Firms, Conflicts of Law and Morality, So You Want to Be a Lawyer?, The Development of European Law, Careers in Law, The Cradle-to-Grave Legal Survival Guide, The United States Code Annotated, The Ultimate Lawyers Joke Book, many more.

Criminal Law Collection

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Criminal Law. Some books: Criminal Law, Crime and the Legal Process, Defining Crimes: essays on the special part of the criminal law, Criminal Law: text cases and materials, Criminal Law and Society, What’s the Verdict: you’re the judge in 90 tricky courtroom cases, Principles of Criminal Law, The Insanity Defense, California Criminal Law Manual, many more.

Legal Reference Collection

About 270 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law – Legal Reference/Law Profession”. Some books: U.S. Immigration Made Easy, Using Divorce Mediation, Credit Repair, Guide to Smart Career Choices before during and after Law School, Child Custody Made Simple, Essentials of Environmental Law, European Union Law, How to Collect Your Child Support, Constitutional Law, Federal Rules of Evidence, Guide to Small Claims Court, many more.

Labor Law and Legislation Collection

About 250 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Labor Law and Legislation. Some books: Employment Law Handbook, Principles of Labor Legislation, California Employment Law, The Employer’s Legal Handbook, Labor Law and Industrial Relations in the USA, Essential Guide to Federal Employment Law, Ontario Employment Law Handbook, The International Labour Organization, Canadian Cases on Employment Law, many more.

Commercial Law Collection

Nearly 300 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Commercial Law. Some books: Business Law Text and Cases, Business Law and the Regulatory Environment, Hong Kong Business Law, Digest of Canadian Mercantile Laws, Business Law for a New Century, Comprehensive Commercial Law, Law for Business, Legal Aspects of Business Administration, Contracting with Companies, College Law for Business, many more.

Corporation Law Collection

About 150 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law – Corporation Law”. Some books: The Battle for Corporate Control, Materials on the Planning of Corporate Transactions, Law of Business Organizations, Law for Business, C-Corporations: small business start-up kit, A Guide to the One-Person Corporation, The Corporate Forms Kit, Corporations and other Business Associations, The Canada Business Corporations Act, many more.

Black’s Law Dictionary

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Black, Henry Campbell; Garner, Bryan A., ed.
West 1990 Dewey Dec. DDC: 340

Contains more than 45,000 terms, including archaic terms and references to statutes and cases.

Law 101: Everything You Need to Know about the American Legal System

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Feinman, Jay M.
Oxford Univ. 2006 Dewey Dec. DDC: 340

Contains various Supreme Court cases through July 2005 and includes material on President’s war powers, intellectual property, state constitutional law, standard for contracts and eminent domain. Featuring anecdotes and references, this edition provides a map of the American legal system.

National Survey of State Laws

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Leiter, Richard A., ed.
Gale Research 1993 Dewey Dec. DDC: 349

This guide aims to help readers make quick, state-by-state comparisons of current state laws – how they differ, and how they are similar – for a range of relevant subjects from abortion to employment discrimination, and election law to interest rates.

Law 101: Fundamentals of the Law, New York and Federal Law

Martella, Michael H.
Open SUNY 2018

“An attempt to provide basic legal concepts of the law to undergraduates in easily understood plain English. Each chapter covers a different area of the law. Areas of law were selected based on what legal matters undergraduates may typically encounter in their daily lives. The textbook is introductory by nature and not meant as a legal treatise.” -Open Textbook Library Website

U.S. Legal History Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “U.S. Legal History”. Some books: U.S. Homeland Security, Historic U.S. Court Cases: an encyclopedia, History of Public Land Law Development, Becoming a U.S. Citizen, The Disputed Presidential Election of 2000, Everything You Need to Know about Family Court, Capital Punishment, Gun Control, Women Prison and Crime, Divorce in the Old Dominion, many more.

How Free Can the Press Be?

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Bezanson, Randall P.
Univ. of Illinois 2003 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

The First Amendment to the Constitution states that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press, but the definitions of “press,” of “freedom,” and even of “abridgment” have evolved by means of judicial rulings on cases concerning the limits and purposes of press freedoms. Randall P. Bezanson explores the changes in understanding of press freedom in America by discussing in depth nine of the most pivotal and provocative First Amendment cases in U.S. judicial history. These cases were argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, state Supreme Courts, and even a local circuit court. Bezanson addresses the questions, examining the arguments on both sides, and uses these landmark cases as a springboard for a wider discussion of the meaning and limits of press freedom.

Selected Articles on Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic

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Beman, Lamar T., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1917 Dewey Dec. DDC: 344

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org.

Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age

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Boyle, Kevin
Holt 2004 Dewey Dec. DDC: 345

In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor – grandson of a slave – had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes.
And so it began – a chain of events that brought America’s greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality. Historian Kevin Boyle weaves the police investigation and courtroom drama of Sweet’s murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family’s journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class. Ossian Sweet’s story, so richly and poignantly captured here, is an epic tale of one man trapped by the battles of his era’s changing times. Arc of Justice is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments

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Dunne, Dominick
Crown 2001 Dewey Dec. DDC: 345

For more than two decades, Vanity Fair published Dominick Dunne’s brilliant, revelatory chronicles of the most famous crimes, trials, and punishments of our time. The pursuit of justice has become his passion–a passion that began during the trial of the man who murdered Dunne’s daughter, who was sentenced to six and a half years and released in less than three. Dunne’s account of that trial and its shocking result became the first of his many classic essays on justice. Dominick Dunne’s essays do much more than simply describe; his investigations shed new light on those crimes and their perpetrators–and demonstrated how it is possible for some to skirt, even flout, the law. His search for the truth is relentless. His courage and his storytelling skills shine from every page.

Indefensible: One Lawyer’s Journey into the Inferno of American Justice

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Feige, David
Little, Brown 2006 Dewey Dec. DDC: 345

Indefensible is public defender David Feige’s hair-raising, dark, and stirring account of a single hot day in the South Bronx – a day informed by crime, punishment, desperation, and hope. Following Feige through the underworld of big-city justice, we meet sly lawyers and batty judges, hapless defendants and crooked cops, lost souls and courageous giant-killers.” “Indefensible reveals the brutal underbelly of a system out of control. Racing from courtroom to courtroom, Feige gives us the most intimate account ever written about what it is really like to be public defender. We meet his fellow attorneys and investigators and follow them as they hunt down clues and frantically try to ensure that justice is done.

American Law in the Twentieth Century

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Friedman, Lawrence M.
Yale Univ. 2002 Dewey Dec. DDC: 349

The first general history of its kind, American Law in the Twentieth Century describes the explosion of law over the past century into almost every aspect of American life. Since 1900 the center of legal gravity in the United States has shifted from the state to the federal government, with the creation of agencies and programs ranging from Social Security to the Securities Exchange Commission to the Food and Drug Administration. Major demographic changes have spurred legal developments in such areas as family law and immigration law. Dramatic advances in technology have placed new demands on the legal system in fields ranging from automobile regulation to intellectual property.
Throughout the book, Friedman focuses on the social context of American law. Written by one of our most eminent legal historians, this engrossing book chronicles a century of revolutionary change within a legal system that has come to affect us all.

Women’s Rights on Trial

Frost-Knappman, Elizabeth
Gale 1997 Dewey Dec. 346

For a unique look at the history of women’s rights through 101 court cases, dating from colonial times to the present, consult this fascinating reference. The authors explore each trial through a two-part entry. The first presents the major facts of each trial at a glance, including plaintiff, defendant, lawyers and decision. The second sketches the events of the trial, its impact and historical significance of the legal issues involved.

The Salem Witchcraft Trials: A Legal History

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Hoffer, Peter C.
Univ. of Kansas 1997 Dewey Dec. DDC: 345

In late 17th-century New England, the eternal battle between God and Satan was brought into the courtroom. Between January 1692 and May 1693 in Salem, Massachusetts, neighbours turned against neighbours and children against parents with accusations of witchcraft, and 19 people were hanged for having made pacts with the devil.
“Hoffer discusses the legal nature of the charges of witchcraft, the evidential and procedural characteristics of the trials of the accused, and the roles and attitudes of the ministers and magistrates who controlled the proceedings.” -Choice

Roe v. Wade: The Abortion Rights Controversy in American History

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Hull, N.E.H.
Univ. of Kansas 2001 Dewey Dec. DDC: 344

The issue of abortion has sharply divided America. The bitter debate over Roe v. Wade – in the courts, legislatures, press and streets – has grown ever more ferocious since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in 1973. For years pro-choicers have applauded Roe as a guarantee of women’s rights, while pro-lifers have condemned it as the work of an activist and atheistic Court.

The Smoking Gun: Day by Day through a Shocking Murder Trial with Gerry Spence: a True Story

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Spence, Gerry
Scribner 2003 Dewey Dec. DDC: 345

The prosecutor had a photograph that showed defendant Sandy Jones with a smoking gun in her hands. And the prosecutor had an eyewitness who said she saw Sandy Jones shoot the man the instant the photograph was taken.
But did Sandy Jones actually commit murder?
The Smoking Gun is a true story, a murder mystery that takes you inside the actual trial. Famed defense attorney Gerry Spence invites you behind the scenes, into the judge’s chambers, and into the conversations that formed the strategies for each day of the trial until the truth is revealed: Whose smoking gun really did the killing?
How does the justice system really work? The Smoking Gun is a searing firsthand indictment of the law and the good old boys who wield its power.

Clarence Darrow for the Defense: A Biography

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Stone, Irving
New American Library 1971 Dewey Dec. DDC: 340

A biography of the lawyer who devoted himself to unpopular causes and was involved in some of the most famous and important cases of the early twentieth century.

Equal: Women Reshape American Law

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Strebeigh, Fred
Norton 2009 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

The dramatic, untold story of how women battled blatant inequities in America’s legal system.
As late as 1967, men outnumbered women twenty to one in American law schools. With the loss of deferments from Vietnam, reluctant law schools began admitting women to avoid plummeting enrollments. As women entered, the law resisted.
In this landmark book, Fred Strebeigh shows how American law advanced, far and fast. He brings together legal evidence and personal histories to portray the work of concerned women and men to advance legal rights in America. Equal combines interviews with litigators, plaintiffs, and judges, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Catharine MacKinnon, along with research from private archives of attorneys who took cases to the Supreme Court, to narrate battles waged against high odds and pinnacles of legal power.

Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind

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Watson, Bruce
Viking 2007 Dewey Dec. DDC: 345

When the state of Massachusetts electrocuted Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti on August 23, 1927, it concluded one of the most controversial legal cases in American history. In the eight decades since, debate has raged about the fate of the Italian immigrants said to have been railroaded for the murders of two payroll clerks. Were they innocent? Guilty? Was one guilty and the other innocent? Was justice served, or was justice “crucified”?
In this first full-length narrative of the case in thirty years, Bruce Watson unwinds a tale that opens with anarchist bombs going off in a posh Washington, D.C., neighborhood and concludes with worldwide outrage over the fates of these two men. The true story of one of the nation’s most infamous trials and executions, Sacco and Vanzetti mines deep archives and new sources, unveiling fresh details and fleshing out the two men as naive dreamers and militant revolutionaries. It is the most complete history of a case that still haunts the American imagination.

Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark Trial that Led to the End of Human Slavery

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Wise, Steven M.
Da Capo 2005 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Perhaps no trial changed the course of history as much as one that took place in London in 1772 – the case of James Somerset, a black man rescued from a ship bound for the West Indies slave markets. At this landmark trial, two encompassing worldviews clashed in an event of passionate drama and far-reaching significance. Now the noted legal historian Steven M. Wise recreates each exciting moment of the case that slave owners contended would do nothing less than bring the economy of the British Empire to a crashing halt. In a gripping narrative of Somerset’s trail and the slave trials that led up to it, Wise sets the stage for the extraordinary decision by the notoriously conservative judge, Lord Mansfield. That decision would set in motion the abolition of slavery in both England and the United States.


Personal & Consumer Law

Personal Law Collection

More than 1,000 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Personal Law”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Child Support Law and Policy, The Law of Public Communication, Win Your Personal Tax Revolt, How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim, Consumer’s Guide to Understanding and Using the Law, Privacy at the Workplace, Welfare: your rights and the law, Complete Book of Personal Legal Forms, Death Dying and the Law, Guide to Creating a Personal Will, many more.

Consumer Law Collection

More than 300 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Consumer Law”. Some books: Consumer Rights Law, Consumer Law in Scotland, The Lemon Law Bible, Guide to Surviving Debt, The Practical Law Manual to Consumer Legal Affairs, The Rights of Utility Consumers, Consumer Rights for Immigrants, The Consumer Reports Law Book, Your Rights as a Consumer, Street Law, Bankruptcy Law, You and the Law, The Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, many more.

The American Bar Association Legal Guide for Small Business

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American Bar Association
Three Rivers 2000 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

A handbook encompassing information on every aspect of the law for small-business owners discusses such topics as franchising, partnerships, tax regulations, safety regulations, federal laws, and local zoning laws.

Family Legal Guide

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American Bar Association
Times 1994 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

The American Bar Association Family Legal Guide offers the most comprehensive, useful, and authoritative information available on how the law affects individuals at home, at work, and at play. This practical guide will help consumers steer clear of many legal pitfalls and will guide readers to a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities under the law.
Contents: — When and how to use a lawyer (p.1) — How the legal system works (p.23) — Family law (p.51) — Buying and selling a home (p.97) — Home ownership (p.145) — Renting residential property (p.211) — Consumer credit (p.239) — Consumer bankruptcy (p.277) — Contracts and consumer law (p.291) — Automobiles (p.339) — Law and the workplace (p.392) — Forming and operating a small business (p.467) — Personal injury (p.511) — Criminal justice (p.539) — The rights of older Americans (p.571) — Estate planning (p.651) — Glossary (p.687)

How to Get a Green Card

How to Get a Green Card

Bray, Ilona M.
Nolo 2012 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Applying for a U.S. green card? Read this book first! The U.S. immigration system is an enormous bureaucracy and making a mistake on your application for a green card can ruin your chances of receiving one — so it’s vital that you understand all the requirements for getting a green card before starting your application. How to Get a Green Card is your handbook through this complex process.
This book is not appropriate for those seeking work-related green cards.

U.S. Immigration Made Easy

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Bray, Ilona M.
Nolo 2007 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Written by two immigration attorneys who have obtained visas and green cards for thousands of foreign nationals, this bestselling book covers every possible way to legally enter and live in the United States. Readers find out how the U.S. immigration system really works, and how to qualify for: student visas, work visas, asylum, green cards, citizenship. U.S. Immigration Made Easy provides all the necessary form and the step-by-step instructions needed to fill them out. Hopeful immigrants will learn how to fill out and file all the required paperwork, and get the inside scoop on how to approach the enormous INS bureaucracy.

Copyright for Teachers and Librarians

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Butler, Rebecca P.
Neal-Schuman 2004 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Here is a practical copyright handbook designed to help librarians, media specialists, and teachers stay within the copyright law while making copyrighted print, nonprint, and Web sources available to students and others. Library educator Rebecca Butler, copyright columnist for AASL’s journal Knowledge Quest, explains fair use, public domain, documentation and licenses, permissions, violations and penalties, policies and ethics codes, citation, creation and ownership, how to register copyrights, and gives tips for staying out of trouble. She explains copyright considerations for the Web, television, videos and DVDs, computer software, music, books, magazines, and journals-materials that can create a day-to-day challenge for educators and require this resource’s careful guidance. Considerations for distance education courses and materials are also included. A Q & A section offers an introduction to copyright law, public domain, the legal terms of copyright, when to seek and how to obtain permissions, fair use, and more. This copyright resource is designed to make often bewildering and complicated issues manageable.

A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples

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Curry, Hayden et al.
Nolo 2010 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Laws affecting LGBT couples are changing rapidly, and while it’s an exciting time for all gay and lesbian partners, keeping up with the myriad ways the shifting legal landscape touches your family life can be daunting. Now more than ever, it’s important that you take the proper legal steps to define and protect your relationship in the eyes of the law. If you don’t, you run the risk of being shut out of each other’s lives — and the lives of children you co-parent — in times of medical, financial or personal crisis. A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples covers these important subjects, and many more:
. making practical decisions about living together
. planning for medical emergencies — making medical decisions for one another and taking care of each other’s finances when one partner is incapacitated
. domestic partner benefits and how to obtain them
. buying property together
. providing for each other upon death
. practical and legal aspects of having and raising children
. marriage laws for all 50 states

Arrested: What to Do When Your Loved One’s in Jail

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Denham, Wes
Chicago Review 2010 Dewey Dec. 362.8

Whether a defendant is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct or first-degree murder, this is an indispensable guide for those who want to support family members, partners, or friends facing criminal charges. Draining away the confusion by explaining legal proceedings and jail procedures, it identifies common bond scams and lawyer rip-offs and helps organize inmates to assist in their legal defense. In addition to the most common legal motions, challenges, and investigations, this resource also provides additional coverage on how to avoid fights, sex, gambling, and scams that can result in injury while in jail and cause additional criminal charges to be filed. Detailed budgeting forms to calculate the true, multiyear costs of legal defense–all the way through the years of probation, parole, and reentry into society–are also included.

Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce

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Doskow, Emily
Nolo 2012 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce provides clear answers that can help make divorce simpler and reduce its financial and emotional cost. Readers will even learn how to complete the divorce with minimal help from an attorney.
Contents: Getting oriented — First steps after you decide to divorce — When you can agree : uncontested divorce — Working it out : divorce mediation — When you can’t agree : contested divorce and trial — Custody decisions and parenting — Custody disputes — Child support — Yours, mine, and ours : basics of marital property — Yours, mine, and Uncle Sam’s : dividing property — Spousal support and health insurance — Military divorce : special issues — Getting it in writing : preparing your marital settlement agreement — Critical care : when things really go wrong — After the divorce — Getting help, finding information, and looking stuff up

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time

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Elias, Stephen
Nolo 2012 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Are you considering filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy? Use this plain-English guide to decide if a Chapter 13 case is right for you. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy explains how the process works, which debts will get discharged at the end of your bankruptcy case, how much you’ll pay through your plan, and what you’ll have to do to keep your home and car.
Also, this book provides the knowledge you’ll need to:
determine how much you’ll pay on each of your debts calculate your monthly plan payment find the right lawyer, and rebuild your credit after bankruptcy.

The Foreclosure Survival Guide: Keep Your House or Walk Away with Money in Your Pocket

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Elias, Stephen
Nolo 2011 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

If you’re having trouble making your mortgage payments or are already in jeopardy of foreclosure, The Foreclosure Survival Guide compassionately gives you the practical information you need, step by step.
An essential tool for anyone at risk of foreclosure, The Foreclosure Survival Guide provides key information about:
– evaluating factors and risks when determining whether to stay in your home
– staying in your home payment-free while saving money
– using Chapter 7 bankruptcy to buy time while considering a workout or other options
– using Chapter 13 bankruptcy to save your home
– avoiding “foreclosure rescue” scams and using free government resources
– utilizing “last resort” strategies if all else should fail
The Foreclosure Survival Guide gathers all the information Attorney Stephen R. Elias has used to help hundreds of clients over 30 years of practicing law and shows you how to deal with foreclosure in your state.

The Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More

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Fishman, Stephen
Nolo 2012 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Need content? Find public domain works free for the taking! Even though you’ve always been told otherwise, writers and artists can copy other people’s work and get away with it. Enter the world of the public domain, where everything is free for the taking, and the only secret to unlocking this treasure trove is knowing how to recognize free content and where to find it. With The Public Domain, you’ll get specific information about finding copyright-free writings, music, art, photography, software, maps, databases, videos, and more with this easy-to-read guide. Find out about: -how to find public domain materials -how to determine whether materials are valuable -how to handle challenges to public domain claims -public domain “gray areas” -copyright protections and expirations -use of public domain art or film for advertising or other commercial purposes -web content in the public domain -how to research copyright office records -how to get permission to use work not in the public domain

Working for Yourself

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Fishman, Stephen
Nolo 2008 Dewey Dec. DDC: 343

Self employed? Or ready to be your own boss? This book is for you! Working for Yourself provides all the legal and tax information you need to start your business off on the right foot–and run it successfully.
Whether you’re an independent contractor, freelancer, consultant, or considering self-employment, it all adds up to the same thing: you need to be more aware of laws and taxes than the average person. Get all the information you need to know to:
-obtain necessary permits and licenses determine how much to charge your clients
– write legally binding contracts and avoid unfair ones
– qualify for independent contractor tax treatment
– make the most of your tax deductions and comply with strict IRS rules
– get benefits (including health coverage) and insurance
– keep accurate records in case you get audited, and make sure you’re paid in full and on time.

Every Employee’s Guide to the Law

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Joel, Lewin G.
Pantheon 2001 Dewey Dec. DDC: 344

Whether you work in an office, a factory, a small business, or at home, Every Employee’s Guide to the Law covers the issues you may have to deal with, such as the interview: what questions you can and can’t be asked; discrimination: up-to-the-minute revisions to laws dealing with race, sex, handicap, age, national origin, and religion; sexual harassment: how to define it and how to document it; your right to privacy: how electronic mail has led to the creation of new privacy legislation; minimum wage: the latest changes; worker’s compensation: what you are entitled to in cases of work-related injury; and discipline and dismissal: what to do if you are suspended, laid off, or fired. Comprehensive and easy to read, Every Employee’s Guide to the Law takes you through each step of the employment process, explaining everything you need to know about your rights as an employee.

Know your Legal Rights: protect yourself from common legal problems that can really cost you

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Kiplinger Washington Editors
Dearborn Trade 2005 Dewey Dec. DDC: 340

From auto insurance to zoning regulations, “Know Your Legal Rights guides readers over hundreds of common legal hurdles.This ready reference is written in understandable language, not legal jargon. It will help readers recognize when they have a legal problem and decide if and how they can resolve it on their own.If they can’t, this book shows them how to find qualified legal counsel. Know Your Legal Rights also explores the legal aspects of truly personal subjects, such as marriage and divorce, parental obligations, live-in rights, medical dilemmas and estate planning. It includes helpful resource information, including lists of advocacy groups, trade and professional associations, and federal and legal agencies where you can turn for further help.
Contents: Living with the law — Your lawyer — The law and your finances — Your car — Buying and selling a home — Your home and the law — Your workplace rights and retirement — Your medical rights — Marriage and other personal partnerships — Ending a marriage — Parenthood.

Your Rights as a Consumer: legal tips for savvy purchases of goods, services, and credit

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Lieberman, Marc R.
Chelsea House 1997 Dewey Dec. DDC: 344

Provides generalized information about the rights and obligations of consumers, discussing the laws that apply to dealings with merchants and contractors, auctions, consumer fraud, warranties, consumer credit, debt collection, and filing complaints.

Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions

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Matthews, Joseph L, and Matthews Berman, Dorothy
Nolo 2008 Dewey Dec. DDC: 344

Everyone wants to get the highest possible retirement and pension income and the best medical coverage. Readers can turn to Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions to discover the benefits they are entitled to and how to claim them as easily as possible.
-Social Security benefits: Find all the latest information and instructions you need to get your retirement and disability benefits, dependents and survivors benefits, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
-Medicare & Medicaid: Learn the nuts and bolts of both programs, plus how to qualify and apply for them. Understand Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage – what it covers, how to apply for it and how to use it with your medigap policy, managed care plan or Medicaid.
-Medical coverage options: Get the latest information on Medicare and Medicaid HMOs and other managed care plans, and learn about the different types of medigap health plans.
-Government pensions & veterans benefits: Discover when and how to claim the benefits you have earned. Practical advice for anyone thinking about retirement.

The Small Business Start-up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide

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Pakroo, Peri
Nolo 2010 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Many people dream of running a business of their own — but often don’t know how to start. Sound familiar? This book can help.
User-friendly and loaded with tips, The Small Business Start-Up Kit shows you how to launch a business quickly, easily and with confidence. It explains in plain English how to:
– choose the best business structure
– write an effective business plan
– file the right forms in the right place
– price, bid and bill your projects
– draft and use contracts, online and off
– manage your finances
– be prepared for, and file, required taxes
– reach customers online

The Women’s Small Business Start-up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide

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Pakroo, Peri
Nolo 2012 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit gives you the practical and legal information you need to kickstart a successful enterprise. In addition to a breakdown of the common issues and concerns facing women entrepreneurs of every stripe — from independent consultants to Fortune 500-seekers — you’ll find information and guidance on:
– choosing and developing the right business to live the life you want
– drafting an effective business plan
– programs that give government contracting preferences to women-owned businesses
– understanding and choosing a legal structure
– clearing the bureaucratic start-up hurdles
– taking your business online and developing an eBusiness
– financial management and tax basics for small businesses
– balancing work and family relationships
– hiring and managing employees

Every Tenant’s Legal Guide

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Portman, Janet et al.
Nolo 2009 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Every Tenant’s Legal Guide gives you the legal and practical information you need to deal with your landlord and other tenants, and protect your rights when things go wrong. Written in plain English, it shows you how to:
– inspect a place before you move in
– negotiate a lease or rental agreement
– put roommate relationships on a sound legal footing
– understand key rules on rent increases and rent control
– get needed repairs and maintenance
– protect your privacy
– fight illegal discrimination
– break a lease with minimum financial liability
– get your security deposit back
– understand and prepare for eviction proceedings

Patent it Yourself: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Filing at the U.S. Patent Office

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Pressman, David
Nolo 2009 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Patent your creation with the world’s bestselling guide to patents!
Attorney David Pressman takes you through the entire patent process, providing scrupulously updated information and clear instructions to help you:
– determine if you can patent your invention
– understand patent law
– evaluate the commercial potential of your idea
– perform your own patent search
– file a provisional patent application
– prepare a formal patent application
– respond to patent examiners
– amend an application
– enforce and maintain your patent
– market and license your invention

Your Rights in the Workplace

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Repa, Barbara K.
Nolo 2010 Dewey Dec. DDC: 344

The laws that protect you in the workplace explained in one easy-to-read guide!
Your Rights in the Workplace is the most complete handbook on workplace laws ever published — it’s a must-have for every employee.
Your Rights in the Workplace covers everything from rules for hiring and getting paid through losing a job and unemployment benefits — all in plain English. Get the facts on:
– illegal firings and layoffs
– challenging a job los
– wages and hours
– privacy on your email and voice mail
– family and medical leave
– on-the-job safety and health
– health insurance and retirement plans
– workplace testing
– sexual harassment, discrimination
– unemployment, disability and workers’ compensation insurance

LAW Labor & Employment – LAW Practical Guides – Labor laws and legislation

Handbook of Everyday Law

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Ross, Martin J. and Ross, Jeffrey S.
Ballantine 1982 Dewey Dec. DDC: 340

Practical guidance on aspects of law that touch your daily life – taxes, real estate, consumer protection, women’s rights, contracts, wills, social security, trusts and Medicare, etc.

Seniors’ Rights: your legal guide to living life to the fullest

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Sember, Brette M.
Sphinx 2004 Dewey Dec. DDC: 340

Finances — Health insurance — Health care — Lifestyle — Housing — Safety — Family issues — Planning for the future — Loss of a spouse — Discrimination and disabilities — Veterans’ rights — Legal assistance

The Employer’s Legal Handbook: Manage Your Employees & Workplace Effectively

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Steingold, Fred
Nolo 2011 Dewey Dec. DDC: 344

The most complete guide to your legal rights and responsibilities, The Employer’s Legal Handbook shows you how to comply with the most recent workplace laws and regulations, run a safe and fair workplace and avoid lawsuits. Learn everything you need to know about:
-Hiring: Understand the legal guidelines for hiring employees, writing job descriptions, conducting interviews and investigating applicants.
-Smart personnel practices: What to include in employee personnel files, employee handbooks, performance reviews and references for former employees.
-Wages & hours: Comply with federal and state overtime and minimum wage requirements.
-Employee benefits: Learn the ins and outs of wage and hour laws, retirement plans and health insurance.
-Workplace health and safety: Comply with OSHA requirements, and implement policies on smoking, drugs and alcohol abuse.
-Discrimination: Prevent sexual harassment and discrimination based on age, race, pregnancy, sexual orientation and national origin.
-Termination and layoffs: Avoid wrongful termination cases, conduct a final meeting and protect your business information when employees leave.
-Laws affecting small business practices: Everything you need to know about the Americans With Disabilities Act, the -Family and Medical Leave Act, health and safety issues, employee testing and more.

Leases & Rental Agreements

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Stewart, Marcia et al.
Nolo 2013 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Looking for a quick way to create the key documents necessary for owning or managing rental property, including a legally valid lease or rental agreement? Leases & Rental Agreements provides the practical and legal information necessary to rent out your property in record time — and without a pricey attorney.
With this bestselling guide, you’ll learn how to:
– prepare a rental agreement or lease
– tailor your documents to meet your needs
– make required disclosures
– comply with your state’s laws on security deposits, privacy rules, discrimination and more
– check tenant references and credit
– do a final inspection when a tenant moves out

Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference

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Stim, Richard
Nolo 2012 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Intellectual property law has rapidly produced its own language. But don’t count on understanding it right off the bat — the terms baffle lawyers and lay folk alike. Whether you’re an inventor, designer, writer or programmer, you need to understand the language of intellectual property law to intelligently deal with such issues as:
– who owns creative works or valuable information
– how these owners can protect and enforce their ownership rights
– how disputes between intellectual property owners can be resolved, and
– how ownership rights can best be transferred to others.
With this essential guide, you will:
– get clear overviews of relevant laws
– understand the different kinds of protection offered by patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets — and which apply to your work
– get a plain-English definition of every term you’re likely to come across, and
– find the information you need, quickly and easily — all entries are organized by topic and extensively cross-referenced.

The Craft Artist’s Legal Guide: Protect Your Work, Save on Taxes, Maximize Profits

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Stim, Richard
Nolo 2010 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Crafting for profit is on the rise, and you may find yourself relying more and more on the income generated from your creative enterprise. At the same time, the legal and business side of crafting can be daunting for artists, consuming time and money that could be better invested in creating new products — and possibly even leaving you open to copyright violation or tax troubles. With the instructions and explanations in The Craft Artist’s Legal Guide, you’ll learn how to:
– get a design patent or license your crafts work
– price and sell works, online and off
– select the right studio and deal with leases, noise restrictions, and zoning laws
– find and utilize free ways of promoting your business online
– hire workers and sales reps
– choose the right insurance
– complete and file required business forms
The Craft Artist’s Legal Guide will help you focus on your creative works, simplifying procedures and avoiding problems. Each chapter of the book starts with an engaging profile of a working craftsperson, then identifies and discusses the nuts and bolts business and legal issues that you’re likely to encounter as an artist. The book also provides helpful legal contracts for the most common crafts business activities, as well as various money-saving online resources that will save you time and money.

Divorce and Money: How to Make the Best Financial Decisions during Divorce

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Woodhouse, Violet
Nolo 2014 Dewey Dec. DDC: 346

Especially in uncertain economic times, divorce isn’t simple. Turn to Divorce & Money, the acclaimed guide to evaluating and dividing assets during divorce, to avoid making financial mistakes that could affect you for the rest of your life. Learn how to:
– understand how a court evaluates assets
– determine the value of real estate and other assets
– negotiate a comprehensive settlement
– decide whether to keep or sell the house
– agree on fair child support
– understand how much, if any, alimony is appropriate
– divide debts fairly
– divide retirement benefits
– achieve financial stability after divorce.
Divorce & Money shows you how to take control of your financial life during and after divorce—and avoid costly court fights.


U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution Collection

More than 300 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “U.S. Constitution”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: The Articles of Confederation, Alternative Perspectives on the Constitution, FDR v. The Constitution, Ratifying the Constitution, People’s Guide to the U.S. Constitution, The Debate on the Constitution, Liberty Property and the Foundations of the American Constitution, The Separation of Church and State, The Roberts Court: the struggle for the Constitution, many more.

Constitutional History Collection

More than 270 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Law – Constitutional History”. Some books: Amending the Constitution by National Convention, Miracle at Philadelphia, Constitutionalism and the History of the South, Supreme Court Watch, How Capitalistic is the Constitution?, English Constitutional History, James Madison and the Founding, Essays on the Formation of the Constitution, America’s Constitution: a biography, many more.

The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters during the Struggle over Ratification, Vol 1

– Volume 2

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Bailyn, Bernard, ed.
Library of America 1993 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Here, on a scale unmatched by any previous collection, is the extraordinary energy and eloquence of our first national political campaign: During the secret proceedings of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the framers created a fundamentally new national plan to replace the Articles of Confederation and then submitted it to conventions in each state for ratification. Immediately, a fierce storm of argument broke. Federalist supporters, Antifederalist opponents, and seekers of a middle ground strove to balance public order and personal liberty as they praised, condemned, challenged, and analyzed the new Constitution Gathering hundreds of original texts by Franklin, Madison, Jefferson, Washington, and Patrick Henry—as well as many others less well known today—this unrivaled collection allows readers to experience firsthand the intense year-long struggle that created what remains the world’s oldest working national charter.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

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Berkin, Carol
Harcourt 2003 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Though the American Revolution is widely recognized as our nation’s founding story, the years immediately following the war — when our government was a disaster and the country was in a terrible crisis — were in fact the most crucial in establishing the country’s independence. The group of men who traveled to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 had no idea what kind of history their meeting would make. But all their ideas, arguments, and compromises — from the creation of the Constitution itself, article by article, to the insistence that it remain a living, evolving document — laid the foundation for a government that has surpassed the founders’ greatest hopes. Revisiting all the original historical documents of the period and drawing from her deep knowledge of eighteenth-century politics, Carol Berkin opens up the hearts and minds of America’s founders, revealing the issues they faced, the times they lived in, and their humble expectations of success.

Active Liberty: Interpreting our Democratic Constitution

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Breyer, Stephen G.
Vintage 2006 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

This book, based on the Tanner lectures on Human Values that Justice Stephen Breyer delivered at Harvard University in November 2004, defines the term ‘active liberty’ as a sharing of the nation’s sovereign authority with its citizens. Regarding the Constitution as a guide for the application of basic American principles to a living and changing society rather than as an arsenal of rigid legal means for binding and restricting it, Justice Breyer argues that the genius of the Constitution rests not in any static meaning it might have had in a world that is dead and gone, but in the adaptability of its great principles to cope with current problems.
He argues convincingly that although Congress is not perfect, it has done a better job than either the executive or judicial branches at balancing the conflicting views of citizens across the nation, especially during times of national crisis. With a fine appreciation for complexity, Breyer reminds all Americans that Congress, rather than the courts, is the place to resolve policy disputes.

High Crimes and Misdemeanors: the Impeachment Process

Fernandez, Justin and Sarat, Austin
Chelsea House 2001 Dewey Dec. 342

Looks at the Clinton impeachment in “a historical context that includes the Founding Fathers’ discussions about impeachment and a lengthy overview of the British origins for the term “high crimes and misdemeanors.” – Booklist

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

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Hennessey, Jonathan
Hill and Wang 2009 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation uses the art of illustrated storytelling to breathe life into our nation’s cornerstone principles. Simply put, it is the most enjoyable and groundbreaking way to read the governing document of the United States. Spirited and visually witty, it roves article by article, amendment by amendment, to get at the meaning, background, and enduring relevance of the law of the land.

The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions

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Hall, Kermit
Oxford Univ. 1999 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Whether a controversy is political, economic, or social, whether it focuses on child labor, slavery, prayer in public schools, war powers, busing, abortion, business monopolies, or capital punishment, eventually the battle is taken to court. And the ultimate venue for these vital struggles is the Supreme Court. Indeed, the Supreme Court is a prism through which the entire life of our nation is magnified and illuminated, and through which we have defined ourselves as a people. Now, in The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, readers have a rich source of information about one of the central institutions of American life. Everything one would want to know about the Supreme Court is here, in more than a thousand alphabetically arranged entries.

The Federalist Papers

Hamilton, Alexander, Madison, James and Jay, John
NY: Bantam 1982 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Considered to be perhaps the most significant America contribution to political thought, The Federalist Papers first appeared in New York newspapers in 1787 under the collective pseudonym of ‘Publius’. The aim of the 85 essays was to support the ratification of America’s new Constitution and they consisted of 175,000 words.

Liberty’s Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World

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Meyerson, Michael
Basic 2008 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Aside from the Constitution itself, there is no more important document in American politics and law than the Federalist Papers—the series of pamphlets written by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison to explain the meaning of the proposed Constitution to the American people and persuade them of its importance. These papers provide a window into the framers’ thoughts on the most divisive issues of American government—the powers of the President, the dividing line between Congress’s authority and that of the states, the role of the Supreme Court, and the importance of the Bill of Rights. Liberty’s Blueprint offers an essential introduction to how the Federalist Papers were written, the philosophical thinking that shaped the Constitution, how the framers meant the various clauses to be understood, and why they are still vitally important today.

The Constitution of the United States with the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation

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United States
Barnes & Noble 2002 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Included in this volume are the complete texts of the Constitution of the United States of America and its amendments; the Declaration of Independence; and the Articles of Confederation. The book also includes an insightful introduction by R.B. Bernstein, a chronology of important dates, and an index to the Constitution.

Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789-1995

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Vile, John R.
ABC-CLIO 1996 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Focuses on describing the 27 amendments that have been proposed and ratified and the hundreds of other topics that have been proposed as subjects of amendments. Over 400 alphabetically arranged entries explore everything from affirmative action, balancing the budget, and the Contract with America to victims’ rights and world government. Constitutional reforms introduced outside of Congress (including more than 50 proposals to rewrite the Constitution) are addressed, in addition to pivotal Supreme Court decisions. Essential amending issues that remain unresolved, ranging from abortion to term limits, and critical elections are among the entries rounding out this work. Entries have been extensively cross-referenced.

Rewriting the United States Constitution: An Examination of Proposals from Reconstruction to the Present

Vile, John R.
Praeger 1991 Dewey Dec. 342

Since the Reconstruction period, there have been over forty proposals to rewrite the U.S. Constitution. John Vile’s unique historical study analyzes all of these proposals within the framework of the constitutional amending process. In each case Vile examines the substance of the proposal, its goals and methods, the response to the proposal, and its overall influence. The study illuminates issues of constitutional change, stressing the importance of understanding alternative forms of government and the basis for their support. Proposals for change are critiques which help to identify strengths and weaknesses in the current system. In addition, examinations of past proposals reveal how people view the Constitution during crises.


U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Collection

Nearly 600 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “U.S. Supreme Court”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: The Supreme Court in Richard Nixon’s America, The Supreme Court in American Life, History of the Supreme Court of the U.S., The Great Reversals: tales of the Supreme Court, The Supreme Court in Crisis: a history of conflict, The Warren Court & it’s Critics, The Court vs The People, The Supreme Court: America’s Judicial Heritage, many more.

The Will of the People: How Public Opinion has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution

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Friedman, Barry
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009 Dewey Dec. DDC: 347

For all their power, the justices of the Supreme Court never face election and hold their offices for life. This combination of influence and apparent unaccountability has led many to complain that there is something illegitimate — even undemocratic — about judicial authority.
In The Will of the People, Barry Friedman challenges that claim by showing that the Court has always been subject to a higher power: the American public. Judicial positions have been abolished, the justices’ jurisdiction has been stripped, the Court has been packed, and unpopular decisions have been defied. For at least the past sixty years, the justices have made sure that their decisions do not stray too far from public opinion.
Friedman’s pathbreaking account of the relationship between popular opinion and the Supreme Court—from the Declaration of Independence to the end of the Rehnquist court in 2005—details how the American people came to accept their most controversial institution and shaped the meaning of the Constitution.

The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions

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Hall, Kermit, ed.
Oxford Univ. 1999 Dewey Dec. DDC: 347

Whether a controversy is political, economic, or social, whether it focuses on child labor, slavery, prayer in public schools, war powers, busing, abortion, business monopolies, or capital punishment, eventually the battle is taken to court. And the ultimate venue for these vital struggles is the Supreme Court. Indeed, the Supreme Court is a prism through which the entire life of our nation is magnified and illuminated, and through which we have defined ourselves as a people.
Now, in The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, readers have a rich source of information about one of the central institutions of American life. Everything one would want to know about the Supreme Court is here, in more than a thousand alphabetically arranged entries.

Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary

Supreme Court Justices Book Cover

Hall, Timothy L.
Facts on File 2001 Dewey Dec. DDC: 347

This reference guide for high school and college students provides basic biographical information on all 108 people who have served on the United States Supreme Court. It describes the decisions for which each justice is known and analyzes his or her influence on the Court and on the law. An introductory essay discusses the creation of the Supreme Court and its place in American history. Appendixes cover the succession of judges, appointments to the Supreme Court by each president, and important cases.

Narrowing the Nation’s power: The Supreme Court Sides with the States

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Noonan, John T. Jr.
Univ. of California 2002 Dewey Dec. DDC: 342

Narrowing the Nation’s Power is the tale of how a cohesive majority of the Supreme Court has, in the last six years, cut back the power of Congress and enhanced the autonomy of the fifty states. The immunity from suit of the sovereign, Blackstone taught, is necessary to preserve the people’s idea that the sovereign is “a superior being.” Promoting the common law doctrine of sovereign immunity to constitutional status, the current Supreme Court has used it to shield the states from damages for age discrimination, disability discrimination, and the violation of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and fair labor standards. Not just the states themselves, but every state-sponsored entity–a state insurance scheme, a state university’s research lab, the Idaho Potato Commission—has been insulated from paying damages in tort or contract.

Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics

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O’Brien, David M.
Norton 2008 Dewey Dec. DDC: 347

David O’Brien shows how the Supreme Court is a “storm center” of political controversy where personality, politics, law, and justice converge. This thoroughly updated Eighth Edition of Storm Center continues to chart historic steps taken by the Court, and features an in-depth discussion of the Court’s continuing turn to the right and the first term of Chief Justice John Roberts.

Roe v. Wade and the Fight over Life and Liberty

Tompkins, Nancy
Franklin Watts 1996 Dewey Dec. 344

In Roe v. Wade (1973), the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy but allowed states to impose restrictions in the second trimester to protect the health of the mother and in the third trimester to protect the life of the fetus. This book provides an engaging narrative of this important case, its personalities, and the social issues it embraces. It also examines the effects of the Court’s decision on the individuals involved and on American society.


International Organizations

International Law Collection

About 3,500 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “International Law”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Handbook of International Law, International Law: selected documents, Careers in International Law, International Environmental Law, Greening International Law, International Trade Law Handbook, International Terrorism and International Law, Nuclear Weapons and International Law, International Criminal Law, International Sports Law, many more.

International Organizations Collection

More than 650 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “International Organizations”. Some books: International Organizations, International Organizations: principles and issues, International Organizations: perspectives on governance in the 21st century, Yearbook of International Organizations, International Organizations and Ethnic Conflict, Directory of International Economic Organizations, International Organizations and the Global Political System, many more.

United Nations Collection

More than 650 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of United Nations. Some books: United Nations Handbook, United Nations at a glance, The UN and the Superpowers: China Russia & America, The UN: success & failure, Pictorial History of the United Nations, UN: the first 25 years, The New Interventionism 1991-1994, Charter of the United Nations, Partners: UN & Youth, U.S. Policy and the Future of the UN, many more.

An Insider’s Guide to the UN

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Fasulo, Linda M.
Yale Univ. 2003 Dewey Dec. DDC: 341

The United Nations increasingly finds itself at the centre of world events in an age of rapid globalization. It is therefore imperative that we understand its structure and functions. In this volume, news correspondent Lina Fasulo at the UN provides an introduction to its activities and goals. individuals who have been active in the UN, including US ambassadors Richard Holbrooke, Madeleine Albright and John Negroponte. She explains how the UN came into existence, what governing principles guide its operation and what it is like to be a participant. She describes the organization, responsibilities and often tense politics of the Security Council. Surveying the many humanitarian, crime-fighting and peacekeeping programmes of the UN, Fasulo concludes that there are important reasons for Americans to give the United Nations their support.

International Organizations: A Comparative Approach to the Management of Cooperation

Jordan, Robert S.
Praeger 2001 Dewey Dec. 341.7

This edition of a classic text appraises the emerging challenges to the centrality of the nation-state international system, such as humanitarianism, environmentalism, new international legal standards, and concepts such as civil society and globalism. As inter-governmental and international non-governmental activities are increasingly being blended, for example in the area of peace-keeping, this poses a challenge to the sanctity of the territorial state as the primary political unit. Similarly, technological and social changes such as the emergence of the Internet, encourages borderless activities (both legal and illegal) by non-state actors.
While the book as a whole is built around the unifying theme of the management of cooperation, illustrative cases enhance the individual chapters and provide the basis for comparative analysis and discussion. These take the reader through the tangled webs of international cooperation in such areas as the European Union, NATO, humanitarian intervention, arms control, transnational criminal organizations, and global environmental issues.

The United Nations in the 21st Century

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Mingst, Karen A. and Karns, Margaret P.
Westview 2007 Dewey Dec. DDC: 341

The United Nations in the 21st Century provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the United Nations, exploring the historical, institutional, and theoretical foundations of the UN. This popular text for courses on international organizations and international relations also discusses the political complexities facing the organization today.

Selected Articles on World Peace; including International Arbitration and Disarmament

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Reely, Mary Katharine, comp.
H. W. Wilson 1914 Dewey Dec. DDC: 341.7

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org.

United Nations, Divided World: The UN’s Roles in International Relations

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Roberts, Adam and Kingsbury, Benedict
Oxford Univ. 1993 Dewey Dec. DDC: 341

This book, highly praised as an authoritative assessment of the United Nations and its place in international relations, brings together distinguished academics and senior UN officials in a clear and penetrating examination of how the UN has developed since 1945. It examines the UN’s various roles in addressing long-standing and difficult problems in the relations of states in such fields as international security, human rights, international law, and economic development. This edition takes into account a wide range of developments in a world which remains very much divided: the rapid expansion of UN peacekeeping and election-monitoring activities; the consequences of the collapse of communist rule in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union; the 1990-1 Gulf conflict and its aftermath; attempts at settlement of many regional conflicts; UN involvements in fractured societies, including Cambodia, Somalia, and former Yugoslavia; and the increased focus on the political and resource limits of the UN’s capabilities.

International Instruments of the United Nations

International Instruments of the United Nations Book Cover

Sarnoff, Irving, comp.
United Nations 1997 Dewey Dec. DDC: 341

A compilation of agreements, charters, conventions, declarations, principles, proclamations, protocols, treaties, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations, 1945-1995.

Everyone’s United Nations

Everyone's United Nations Book Cover

United Nations. Dept of Public Information
1986 Dewey Dec. DDC: 341

Covers all 40 years of the Organization’s existence, focusing especially on the period 1978 to 1985.

The Law of Nations, or, Principles of the Law of Nature

Applied to the conduct and affairs of nations and sovereigns

The Law of Nations Book Cover

Vattel, Emer de
Philadelphia: Johnson 1853 Dewey Dec. DDC: 341

Chapters on the Principles of International Law

Chapters on the Principles of International Law Book Cover

Westlake, John
Cambridge: Cambridge University 1894 Dewey Dec. DDC: 341