Lady Justice, by Dahlia Lithwick

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Dahlia Lithwick considers 2016 a sort of high-water mark for women and the legal system in America. That was the year the Supreme Court, in a Texas case, struck down an attempt to place restrictions on the delivery of abortion services. Then Donald Trump got elected, and the progress that women had made began to unravel—a trend underscored last June by the Court’s decision to undo Roe v. Wade. What Lithwick describes in Lady Justice is a series of efforts by women lawyers that constitute a kind of resistance movement. Examples include: Sally Yates, who as acting attorney general at the Justice Department refused to sign off on the Muslim travel ban; Roberta Kaplan, a prominent commercial litigator who sued the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville; and Stacey Abrams, who secured the voting rights of many people in Georgia. Combining narrative profiles with analysis, Lithwick highlights the heroic work of these and other women to save American democracy.

Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America By Dahlia Lithwick Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525561385
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Published: Penguin Press - September 20th, 2022

The Rule of Five, by Richard J. Lazarus

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Harvard Law School professor Richard Lazarus examines a single case in the Supreme Court and its consequential impact on environmental law, politics, and advocacy—and the future of our planet. Lazarus is a leading scholar of environmental law and an expert on the nation’s highest court. He also is a master storyteller, whose narrative relies on extensive interviews with justices, lawyers, and advocates and explains the unlikely chain of events that led to the seminal case known as Massachussetts v United States Environmental Protection Agency. The case was decided in 2007, but the story behind it remains as relevant as ever today.

The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court By Richard J. Lazarus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674238121
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Published: Belknap Press - March 10th, 2020