Recent Faculty Books

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Prospects for the Professions in China” (Routledge, 2010) edited by William P. Alford ’77, William Kirby and Kenneth Winston. Through its meditations on Chinese professional development in areas such as journalism, law, accounting, engineering and the clergy, this collection of essays focuses on an Eastern power undergoing an “epochal effort at national transformation.” Readers are asked to consider the areas of tension and overlap between Western professional models and those on the rise in the Chinese system, while confronting issues such as the historical roots of modern Chinese professionalism, the trade-offs between autocracy and state control, and the translation of professional values across international and ideological lines.

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The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Torts” (Oxford University Press, 2010) by Professor John Goldberg and Benjamin Zipursky. Beginning with critical judicial decisions and legislation regarding tort law, the authors contextualize each new development and cover related issues from medical malpractice to punitive damages, offering a comprehensive analysis of tort today.

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Professor Henry E. Smith and Thomas Merrill, “Property” (Oxford University Press, 2010). This volume is designed for law students who want a short and theoretically integrated treatment of property law, as well as for lawyers who are interested in the law’s conceptual foundations. One reviewer calls it “nothing short of a marvel.”

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Stones of Hope: How African Activists Reclaim Human Rights to Challenge Global Poverty” (Stanford University Press, November 2010) edited by Professor Lucie White ’81 and Jeremy Perelman S.J.D. ’11. With a foreword by Jeffrey Sachs and his daughter, Lisa Sachs. This volume presents a combination of theoretical essays and case studies highlighting the innovations of African lawyers in economic and social rights activism to fight “the violence of radical poverty.”

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The Trials of Zion” (Grand Central Publishing, 2010) by Professor Alan Dershowitz. This thriller begins with an act of terror that brings the Middle East to the point of explosion. A young Jewish-American lawyer joins the defense team for a Palestinian arrested in the case, but as the plot unfolds, it’s the lawyer’s father—a famed criminal attorney—who must win the Palestinian’s case or risk losing his daughter.


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