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Jewish legal and political thought developed in conditions of exile, where Jews had neither a state of their own nor citizenship in any other. What use, then, can this body of thought be today to Jews living in Israel or as emancipated citizens in secular democratic states? Can a culture of exile be adapted to help Jews find ways of being at home politically today? These questions are central in Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism, a collection of essays by contemporary political theorists, philosophers, and lawyers. How does Jewish law accommodate--or fail to accommodate--the practice of democratic citizenship? What range of religious toleration and pluralism is compatible with traditional Judaism? What forms of coexistence between Jews and non-Jews are required by shared citizenship? How should Jews operating within halakha (Jewish law) and Jewish history judge the use of force by modern states? The authors assembled here by prominent political theorist Michael Walzer come from different points on the religious-secular spectrum, and they differ greatly in their answers to such questions. But they all enact the relationship at issue since their answers, while based on critical Jewish texts, also reflect their commitments as democratic citizens. The contributors are Michael Walzer, David Biale, the late Robert M. Cover, Menachem Fisch, Geoffrey B. Levey, David Novak, Aviezer Ravitzky, Adam B. Seligman, Suzanne Last Stone, and Noam J. Zohar.
Are judges' decisions more likely to be based on personal inclinations or legal authority? The answer, Eileen Braman argues, is both. Law, Politics, and Perception brings cognitive psychology to bear on the question of the relative importance of norms of legal reasoning versus decision markers' policy preferences in legal decision-making. While Braman acknowledges that decision makers' attitudes--or, more precisely, their preference for policy outcomes--can play a significant role in judicial decisions, she also believes that decision-makers' belief that they must abide by accepted rules of legal analysis significantly limits the role of preferences in their judgements. To reconcile these competing factors, Braman posits that judges engage in "motivated reasoning," a biased process in which decision-makers are unconsciously predisposed to find legal authority that is consistent with their own preferences more convincing than those that go against them. But Braman also provides evidence that the scope of motivated reasoning is limited. Objective case facts and accepted norms of legal reasoning can often inhibit decision makers' ability to reach conclusions consistent with their preferences.
Law, like religion, provided one of the principal discourses through which early-modern English people conceptualised the world in which they lived. Transcending traditional boundaries between social, legal and political history, this innovative and authoritative study examines the development of legal thought and practice from the later middle ages through to the outbreak of the English civil war, and explores the ways in which law mediated and constituted social and economic relationships within the household, the community, and the state at all levels. By arguing that English common law was essentially the creation of the wider community, it challenges many current assumptions and opens new perspectives about how early-modern society should be understood. Its magisterial scope and lucid exposition will make it essential reading for those interested in subjects ranging from high politics and constitutional theory to the history of the family, as well as the history of law.
WADE MORGAN killed the town boss in a vicious gun-fight and knew that he must make tracks--fast! But he left his son Joe behind to make sure he got a fair deal. What he didn't reckon with though, was the terrible revenge that Bull Mitchell's renegade crew decided to take--a terrifying act of retribution that brought Wade Morgan back to town with a smoking gun and a heart full of hate. ...
Everything you need to know to excel in your first year of law school and beyond. Whether you are thinking about law school, have already applied and been accepted, or started your first year, you need to know what to expect in law school and how to succeed. Law School 101 gives an honest look at the law school experience from someone who has been there, and tells students what they should really expect. It also helps students develop the skills necessary to survive the challenges and excel in their program. It includes the survival skills you need in key areas, including: Handling the pressure of law school What to expect from your classes and professors How to study for and pass your law school exams Job information for first and second year students Avoid common pitfalls, decode law school myths, and achieve your dream.
It provides a comprehensive, chronological account of what to expect at every stage of law school experience. This new, completely revised and updated edition contains the very latest information and strategies for thriving in law school.
One of the best ways to stand out in a crowd of applicants to law school is to write an exceptional personal statement. Law School Essays That Made a Difference, 3rd Edition, contains 70 real application essays as well as interviews with admissions pros and with students who've been through the process and made it to law school.
Often pre-law school required reading. Gives practical advice on how to navigate the first year.
Law underlies our society --it protects our rights, imposes duties on each of us, and establishes a framework for the conduct of almost every social, political, and economic activity. The punishment of crime, compensation of the injured, and the enforcement of contracts are merely some of the tasks of a modern legal system. It also strives to ensure justice, promote freedom, and protect our security. The result is a system that, while it touches all of our daily lives, is properly understood by only a few, with its impenetrable jargon, obsolete procedures, and interminable stream of Byzantine statutes and judgments of the courts. This clear, jargon-free Very Short Introduction cuts introduces the essentials of law and legal systems in a lively, accessible, and stimulating manner. Explaining the main concepts, terms, and processes of the legal system, it focuses on the Western tradition, but also examines other legal systems, such as customary law and Islamic law. And it looks to the future too, as globalization and rapid advances in technology place increasing strain on our current legal system.
As the editors (all of Amherst College) explain in their introduction, how one conceptualizes the idea of "law without nations" depends very much on how one theorizes "the nation." A Hobbesian view of the nation as the state suggests that there can be no such thing as "law without nations." The development of doctrines of international crimes such as genocide suggests that law can exist above and beyond the nation, however defined. Understanding "the nation" either in the sense of the German concept of "das Volk" or as an expression of social solidarity (without, necessarily, the exclusivist connotations of "das Volk") can lead to an understanding of the law as embodying and expressing "matters of tradition, affect, belief, and ultimate values," and thus "law without nations" suggests either an impossibility or the imposition of artificial legality from the outside. Finally, in liberal legality, which sees law as the creator of social solidarity and the vehicle for promoting social justice, "law without nations" can be understood as the culmination of the liberal ideal. It is the tensions between these different ways of understanding "law without nations" that animate the six essays presented here, which explore such specific topics as the legal relationship between the nation-state and a globalized world as pertaining to the punishment of crime and the waging of war; issues of comparative constitutionalism (the US Supreme Court citing decisions of foreign domestic national courts, for instance); the conceptual development of Jewish law in the absence of a state for the nation; the recent development of Islamic Sharia Law as a form of supranational legality arising out of the void of failing states; international law as a facilitator of ethnic displacement and exclusion; and law within a liberal multinational empire. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Tina Brooks McKinney is back with the hotly anticipated sequel to All That Drama--with Leah and Sammie returning with ten times more problems and issues than before. Leah and Sammie are two friends just trying to make it. They try their best to avoid drama, but somehow it alwys returns--and each other. Leah thought she had found, and married, "The Good Man." Now, after a few years of marriage and three small children, her "good man" has eyes that are constantly roaming. Her bad turns to worse when she finds out that one of her children is autistic, and her house is soon to be foreclosed upon. In her lowest moment, she calls someone she knows will understand her plight--Sammie. Sammie hasn't changed much since Marie passed away--she's still looking for love in all the wrong places. Knee-deep in drama, Leah and Sammie finally realize that they can only count on themselves--and each other. Brimming with juicy drama, betrayal, and family secrets, Lawd, Mo' Drama is funny and moving, heartbreaking and hopeful. Ultimately it offers a moving look at women's issues and the sisterhood that can also sustain us through life's toughest times.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to the world of the Breeds where animal instincts can bring a feral pleasure to every man and his willing female mate.
When Joel Derfner's boyfriend proposed to him, there was nowhere in America the two could legally marry. That changed quickly, however, and before long the two were on what they expected to be a rollicking journey to married bliss. What they didn't realize was that, along the way, they would confront not just the dilemmas every couple faces on the way to the altar--what kind of ceremony would they have? what would they wear? did they have to invite Great Aunt Sophie?--but also questions about what a relationship can and can't do, the definition of marriage, and, ultimately, what makes a family. Add to the mix a reality show whose director forces them to keep signing and notarizing applications for a wedding license until the cameraman gets a shot she likes; a family marriage history that includes adulterers, arms smugglers, and poisoners; and discussions of civil rights, Sophocles, racism, grammar, and homemade Ouija boards--coupled with Derfner's gift for getting in his own way--and what results is a story not just of gay marriage and the American family but of what it means to be human.
For more than fifty years, legendary author Herman Wouk has dreamed of writing a novel about the life of Moses. Finally, at age ninety-six, he has found an ingeniously witty way to tell the tale inThe Lawgiver, a romantic and suspenseful epistolary novel about a group of people trying to make a movie about Moses in the present day. The story emerges from letters, memos, emails, journals, news articles, recorded talk, tweets, Skype transcripts, and text messages. At the center ofThe Lawgiveris Margo Solovei, a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father's strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multi-billionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including a reunion with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business. Two other key characters in the novel are Herman Wouk himself and his wife of more than sixty years, Betty Sarah, who, almost against their will, find themselves entangled in the Moses movie when the Australian billionaire insists on Wouk's stamp of approval. As Wouk and his characters contend with Moses and marriage, the force of tradition, rebellion, and reunion,The Lawgiverreflects the wisdom of a lifetime. Inspired by the great nineteenth century novelists, one of America's most beloved twentieth century authors has now written a remarkable twenty-first century work of fiction.
With a Foreword by Director John Hillcoat Based on the true story of Matt Bondurant's grandfather and two granduncles, Lawless is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder. The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after. When Sherwood Anderson, the journalist and author of Winesburg, Ohio, was covering a story there, he christened it the "wettest county in the world." Anderson finds himself driving along dusty red roads, piecing together the clues linking the brothers to "The Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy," and breaking open the silence that shrouds Franklin County. In vivid, muscular prose, Matt Bondurant brings these men--their dark deeds, their long silences, their deep desires--to life. His understanding of the passion, violence, and desperation at the center of this world is both heartbreaking and magnificent.. His understanding of the passion, violence, and desperation at the center of this world is both heartbreaking and magnificent.
The Lawless School provides the right education for kids on the wrong side of the law. M Freeman has been homeschooled her entire life. So M has no idea just how unusual her education has been - not until she leaves home to attend the prestigious (and mysterious) Lawless School. Suddenly, it's very clear to M that her tutors have been preparing her all along for a life of crime. She excels at escape tactics. She's a whiz at spotting forgeries. Her years of piano lessons pay off when picking pockets and cracking safes. M's newfound talent for criminal mischief soon brings her to the attention of the Masters, the secretive school's most secretive clique. M's interest in the Masters is personal - joining this international dishonor society is her best chance to learn the truth about her father's life . . . and his death. But when her first real-world heist goes wrong, M is left wondering: Is there truly honor among thieves? Jeffrey Salane's first novel is full of twists and turns, reveals and reversals. Spoiling the ending for your friends would be criminal!
Murder. Vice. Pollution. Delays on the Tube. Some things never change...London 1859-62. A time of great exhibitions, foreign conquests and underground trains. But the era of Victorian marvels is also the time of the Great Stink. With cholera and depravity never far from the headlines, it's not only the sewers that smell bad.Novice detective, Campbell Lawless, stumbles onto the trail of Berwick Skelton, an elusive revolutionary, seemingly determined to bring London to its knees through a series of devilish acts of terrorism.But cast into a lethal, intoxicating world of music hall hoofers, industrial sabotage and royal scandal, will Lawless survive long enough to capture this underworld nemesis, before he unleashes his final vengeance on a society he wants wiped from the face of the Earth?Lawless & The Devil of Euston Square is the first of a series of historical thrillers by William Sutton set during the mid-nineteenth century, featuring Metropolitan policeman, Campbell Lawless, aka the Watchman, on his rise through the ranks and his initiation as a spy.Before Holmes, there was Lawless...Before Campbell Lawless, the London streets weren't safe to walk...
Lab lovers beware, these doggy criminals are not the nice sweet dogs we all know and love, but are guilty of goofiness, theft, and grand larceny. Read on to see what all these criminal pups have done and what their punishments were.
A heartwarming, compelling and action packed story of a tough, steely outlaw whose life was drastically changed when he fell in love with a beautiful young innocent woman planning to become a nun. Their struggle to find happiness in spite of their vastly different backgrounds and in the lawless environment of the untamed West plunges them into physical and emotional challenges that threaten not only their strong love but their very lives.
It was a town whose reputation matched its name-a place where the sheriff had been shot dead, outlaws ran wild and a decent woman wasn't safe to walk the streets at night. But Jace Madison planned to change all that. Ever since his fiancee had been killed by a stagecoach robber he'd devoted his life to bringing law and order to the wild West. He had no time for female companionship, especially not with a little hellcat who looked more like a boy than a girl and was equally proficient with a whip or a gun. Yet love has a way of sneaking up on a man: Sammie Preston was an armful of trouble even Jace couldn't tame, and she was about to get the drop on his heart.
7th volume in the Kent family saga.
The LawmanJoe Gilardini-A New York cop. Burned out and cynical. He's investigating the "accidents" occurring at the True Love Ranch. His primary suspect is sexy Leigh Singleton-the one woman Joe wouldn't mind keeping under surveillance...day and night.His DownfallLeigh Singleton-Head wrangler at the True Love. A psychic and a dreamer. She knows Joe is the man for her-his son, Kyle, is an added bonus. But first she has to help him come to terms with his troubled past. Then she has to convince him she's not a criminal.
For five years, U. S. Marshal Logan Mitchell has dreamed of returning to his sweetheart in Denver. He never imagined he'd find Megan Goodwin locked in a prison cell. Megan has no memory of what happened the night the outlaw was murdered. And though Logan is sure of her innocence, proving it is only half the battle. Remembering the killer's identity will clear Megan's name but could lead danger right to her door. Logan will protect her life with his. But forging a true marriage takes trust, faith and the courage to open their hearts to God's plan-wherever it leads. . . ;.
To Kelsey Marlowe, policemen spell one thing-- T-R-O-U-B-L-E. So she struggles to resist Officer Morgan Donnelly's charms even though he'd gallantly come to her mother's aid. But when her family insists on meeting the man who'd saved their beloved matriarch, she finds herself unbelievingly tempted to kiss him under the mistletoe. Talk about trouble. . . Becoming involved with the Marlowe clan was not what Morgan has in mind. He doesn't do entanglements--yet he can't help wanting to become entangled with Kelsey in more ways than one. He's never put much stock in holiday presents before, so why is she quickly moving to the top of his wish list?
HEAT RISES IN THE LINE OF FIRE And as Dana Maxwell gazed into the steely eyes of the officer assigned to protect her from a madman, her senses burned hot. Here was the one man guaranteed to turn her orderly world inside out. Tall, dark and devastatingly charming Cody Maxwell--Dana's former husband. Cody's worst enemy would kill Dana to get to him--and Cody vowed on his badge and his honor that it would never happen. Being in his care would make Dana spitting mad, but Cody trusted her safety to no one else. Danger had once torn them apart--now it tied them together for a reckoning long overdue!
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