Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Best SCOTUS books for 2020

"If you're still puzzling over a gift for a SCOTUS fan, take a look at our list of newly published court-themed books" in Marcia Coyle's NLJ Supreme Court Brief today:

Books for Supreme Court Fans
This year has produced some interesting reading about the Supreme Court and law. If you're looking for a holiday or birthday gift for the SCOTUS nerd in your life (or, you are the SCOTUS nerd), here are some 2020 books—written by some familiar names—that might catch your interest.
  • Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America's Highest Court (Gateway Editions). This book by Ilya Shapiro, director of Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies, came out Sept. 22, just four days before the nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
  • The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State (Oxford University Press). Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, and Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, tackle one of the hottest topics in the Roberts court.
  • Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy (Yale University Press). Election law scholar Richard Hasen of the University of California Irvine School of Law examines factors that threatened the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.
  • Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America (Penguin Press). Author: Adam Cohen, a member of the New York Times editorial board and a senior writer for Time magazine
  • Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court (New York University Press). Authors: Renee Knake Jefferson of the University of Houston Law School and Hannah Brenner Johnson, vice dean of California Western School of Law
  • The Cycles of Constitutional Time (Oxford University Press). Author: Jack Balkin of Yale Law School
  • Law and Leviathan: Redeeming the Administrative State (Belknap Press). Author: Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule of Harvard Law School
  • The Supreme Court’s Role in Mass Incarceration (Routledge). Author: Bill Pizzi, emeritus University of Colorado Law School
  • Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present (Cambridge University Press). Author: Mary Ziegler, Florida State University College of Law
  • The Conscientious Justice: How Supreme Court Justices' Personalities Influence the Law, the High Court, and the Constitution (Cambridge University Press). Authors: Ryan Black, Ryan Owens, Justin Wedeking and Patrick Wohlfarth
  • Hamilton and the Law (Cornell University Press). Edited by Lisa Tucker of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, with essays by Supreme Court advocates and experts including Gregory Garre, Elizabeth Wydra, Neal Katyal, Rebecca Tushnet, Erwin Chemerinsky, John Q. Barrett, Michael Gerhardt and Kermit Roosevelt III