REVIEW: “Then Comes Marriage: United States V. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA” by Roberta Kaplan, Lisa Dickey

Then Comes Marriage: United States V. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA, by Roberta Kaplan, Lisa Dickey W. W. Norton & Company, 978-0393248678 Copyright October 2015, Hardcover, 336 Pages The United States v. Windsor case—previously Edith Schlain Windsor v. United States of America—competently examined from a legal and anecdotal vantage point. Legal concepts and issues of the Windsor…

REVIEW: “Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations” by Brandon L. Garrett

Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations, by Brandon L. Garrett Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press, 978-0674368316 Copyright November 2014, Hardcover, 384 Pages An absolute legal delight. Greatly comprehensive and extraordinarily fascinating, this book nimbly surveys corporate prosecutions and white-collar crimes. With trained focus on dissecting deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements, the book…

REVIEW: “Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial” by Alison Bass

Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, by Alison Bass Algonquin Books, 978-1565125537 Copyright June 2008, Hardcover, 260 Pages Greatly informative and factually useful. Set in the psychiatric drug industry, this book predominantly explores the theme of the ever consequential tension between the profit-oriented medical pharmaceutical establishment versus the issue of consumer safety….

REVIEW: “Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win” by Paul M. Barrett

Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, by Paul M. Barrett Crown, 978-0770436346 Copyright September 2014, Hardcover, 304 Pages An intoxicating legal spectacle with an extraordinarily melodramatic progression of events from beginning to end. Set in Ecuador’s unorthodox judicial climate, the…

REVIEW: “The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution” by J. S. Liebman, S. Crowley, A. Markquart, L. Rosenberg, L. White, D. Zharkovsky

The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution, by James S. Liebman, Shawn Crowley, Andrew Markquart, Lauren Rosenberg, Lauren White, Daniel Zharkovsky Columbia University Press, 978-0231167239 Copyright July 2014, Paperback, 448 Pages Exceptionally tragic and heart-wrenching. This book comprehensively documents an extremely maddening and painful case of injustice as facilitated by a flawed criminal justice system. This progressively…

REVIEW: “Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works…and Sometimes Doesn’t” by Mark Geragos, Pat Harris

Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works…and Sometimes Doesn’t, by Mark Geragos, Pat Harris Avery, 978-1592408443 Copyright October 2013, Paperback, 288 Pages An exceptionally entertaining book that beautifully concludes on an inspirational note. Replete with engaging legal anecdotes, this book provides a pricelessly candid look at the American criminal justice system. This book is…

REVIEW: “Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality” by Richard Thompson Ford

Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality, by Richard Thompson Ford Picador, 978-1250013927 Copyright October 2012, Paperback, 288 Pages This book is uncannily shrewd; it is in a league of its own with its plentiful offerings of unorthodox perspectives, profound arguments, piercing observations and refreshing legal reasoning. The prospective reader might need to perform mental…

REVIEW: “Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade” by Haley Sweetland Edwards

Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade, by Haley Sweetland Edwards Columbia Global Reports, ISBN: 978-0997126402 Copyright September 2016, Paperback, 144 Pages Shadow Courts offers an abbreviated overview of a less known instrument of public international law—the investor-state dispute settlement, or the ISDS. The author primarily furnishes a case against ISDS and the ISDS tribunal system—a supposedly…

REVIEW: “Food Law and Regulation for Non-Lawyers: A US Perspective” (Food Science Text Series) by Marc Sanchez

Food Law and Regulation for Non-Lawyers: A US Perspective (Food Science Text Series), by Marc Sanchez Springer, ISBN: 978-3319124711 Copyright December 2014, Hardcover, 241 Pages Food Law and Regulation for Non-Lawyers is a phenomenal textbook introducing students to the fundamentals of U.S. food law, its associated legislations and local enforcement agencies. Its contents is aptly and functionally structured…

REVIEW: “Introduction to Law” by Jaap Hage, Bram Akkermans

Introduction to Law, by Jaap Hage, Bram Akkermans Springer, ISBN: 978-3319069098 Copyright August 2014, Hardcover, 344 Pages Introduction to Law is a content-rich, very meticulously-organized and practically-structured textbook optimized to present complex information in highly-segmented, concise and accessible morsels. The text qualifies as a compelling educational tool, as it satisfactorily delivers upon its proposition of introducing students to…

REVIEW: “Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice” by Joan Biskupic

Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice, by Joan Biskupic Sarah Crichton Books, ISBN: 978-0374535667 Copyright October 2015, Paperback, 288 Pages Breaking In is a tremendously inspirational and captivating book following Sonia Sotomayor from her humble beginnings as a Bronx-born Puerto Rican to becoming America’s first ever Hispanic justice in the Supreme Court—serving…

REVIEW: “Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State” by Karen J. Greenberg

Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State, by Karen J. Greenberg Crown, ISBN: 978-0804138215 Copyright May 2016, Hardcover, 320 Pages Rogue Justice, a book immensely laudable for its cohesiveness and lucidity, offers an exceedingly compelling rendition of the American judicial and political landscape under the Bush administration post 9/11. Though a little repetitive at times, Greenberg successfully…