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Refugee Law and Policy

The O'Quinn Law Library collection now includes the 5th edition of Refugee Law and Policy: A Comparative and International Approach by Karen Musalo, Jennifer Moore, Richard Boswell and Annie Daher.

Refugee Law and Policy: A Comparative and International Approach is, as its title suggests, a study of refugee law.  While written for a United States audience, this book examines new legal developments affecting refugees in Europe as much as it does those in Central America.  This book is primarily aimed at law students, but there is sufficient historical analysis to make this book of interet to academic researchers and to social scientists interested in current events involving large-scale refugee movements.  Attorneys might also appreciate the examinations of standards and practices if interested in beginning a refugee law practice.  The new changes to the 5th edition include analyses of gang violence as the cause of refugee emigration as well as discussions of persecution of social…
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When Justice Fails

In my last post, I reviewed Professor David Dow’s Confessions of an Innocent Man, which I summarized as “a story about love and hatred, innocence and guilt, friendship and animosity, forgiveness and condemnation, hope and hopelessness, coping and failing to cope [and]… a story about the many, mixed, and devastating emotions associated with the loss of a partner, the loss of freedom, and the loss of normalcy all at once [and]… a story about relationships—those accepted and denounced, broken and repaired, real and perceived, unlikely and purposeful, traditional and extraordinary… [and, finally]… a story about the numerous inefficacies of our criminal justice system and the devastating tolls paid by those wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death.” Dow’s novel is a fascinating read, yet it leaves us with many questions about the failures of our current system and the implications of wrongful convictions.

When Justice Fails: Causes and Consequences of Wrongful Convictions, written by soc…

The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law

Black’s Law Dictionary defines a fiduciary relationship as a “relationship in which one person is under a duty to act for the benefit of another on matters within the scope of the relationship.” If that sounds like it covers a lot of ground, that’s because it does. Fiduciary relationships arise in a number of legal contexts, including family law, corporate law, banking, trusts, employment law, international law, and more. It is only recently, however, that legal scholars have begun to address fiduciary law as a field unto itself.

The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law provides a survey of this burgeoning field. The book’s purpose, as the editors write in their introduction, “is to furnish a single source to which readers can turn for guidance on fiduciary principles across a host of substantive fields, jurisdictions, and epochs.” The book is divided into four parts. The first part examines the various doctrinal areas in which fiduciary principles arise. (The University of Houston’s own

Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech

In the world of higher education, perhaps no issue has received more attention in recent years than that of free speech. In a new book, Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, Princeton politics professor Keith E. Whittington presents a cogent and fiercely argued defense of free speech on university campuses.

While the topic of free speech in the United States is often associated with First Amendment law, Whittington makes clear from the beginning that he is not making a primarily legal argument. Instead, he argues that freedom of speech is fundamental to the mission of a modern university, which is to “produce and disseminate knowledge.” Toward the end of the second chapter (which contains an excellent capsule history of the tradition of free speech) he writes, “If universities seek to produce and disseminate knowledge, rather than dogma, then they must foster an environment in which no beliefs are sacred, no ideas are safe from scrutiny, no opinions are immune from c…

Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories

A new volume in the Law Stories series has arrived in the O’Quinn Law Library, making a timely contribution to an especially newsworthy legal topic: reproductive rights and justice. Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories, edited by Melissa Murray, Katherine Shaw, and Reva B. Siegel brings together important cases involving the state regulation of sex, childbearing, and parenting. The twelve cases featured in the book, some famous and others unknown, range in topic from contraception and abortion to pregnancy and parenthood. The field of reproductive rights and justice is relatively new, but the book’s framework highlights the “intersecting relations of race, class, sexuality, and sex that shape the regulation of reproduction.”
Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories demonstrates a different approach to the Law Stories series, concentrating not just on individual litigants and their attorneys, but the various social institutions that play a role in how laws change and unfold. By situa…

Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer

The ABA Business Law Section's Intellectual Property Committee has recently published the fourth edition of Intellectual Property Deskbook for Business Lawyer: A Transactions-Based Guide to Intellectual Property Law, edited by Sharon K. Sandeen and Marilyn C. Maloney. This book containing twenty-three chapters is designed as a reference for attorneys who need to quick information regarding intellectual property issues. Chapter 5 explores licensing intellectual property and chapter 6 looks at IP representations and warranties. The book covers intellectual property issues that arise in specific areas such as probate and estate planning, real property transactions, academic and research institutions, employment law, launching an online business, bankruptcy, antitrust law, open-source software, software financing, franchising, advertising, and transactions involving music. insurance and intellectual property litigation, Electronic Data Security, and IP and the open source movement, ar…

Confessions of an Innocent Man

"Death row is the loudest thing I ever experienced, louder than anything in the free world… and it is loud all the time—morning, day and night."

Confessions of an Innocent Man opens with the surprising yet captivating love story of Tieresse, a beautiful, intelligent, kind, interesting, and wealthy philanthropist; and her unlikely partner, Rafael, a less privileged yet talented, hardworking restauranteur. In part one, Rafael describes their life together, from meeting and traveling to getting married and purchasing a home in Kansas. But their romance and the excitement surrounding their move is short-lived, as Tieresse is murdered just afterward, and Rafael is soon accused of her murder.

Rafael walks us through his initial trial and guilty verdict, followed by his sentencing trial and the moment in which he is sentenced to death. This story, however, is less emotional and more matter-of-fact than that of the story told at the beginning of part one. Rafael seems detached, as if…