February 14, 2018
When we think about those lawyers in literature, in films, and in real life, who’s eloquence has moved juries and persuaded judges, it is not surprising that we have a vision of lawyers as being brilliant wordsmiths and storytellers.
As the review linked below states “judges and juries need to feel at ease with their decisions, and the best way to do that, I believe, is to sweep them along with a compelling narrative” (Marshall Goldberg, 64 J. Legal Educ. 515 (2015) (reviewing Philip N. Meyer, Storytelling for Lawyers (2014)). This book focuses, using fictional and real life examples, on how lawyers need, not only know the law but to be able to tell a convincing story using all the appropriate elements of plot, theme, and character development. Storytelling is not, as we can see, an innate talent; it is a skill that can be practised and learned. Fortunately, for those who would like to learn this skill, the library has just acquired Storytelling for lawyers (K181 .M49 2014).
February 5, 2018
Check out all the the books we acquired this January. Some interesting new additions include:
K487 .L36 B76 2017
Title: Legal conversation as signifier / Jan M. Broekman, Frank Fleerackers, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven, Belgium.
Publication info: Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing, 
Subject: Law–Study and teaching.
Subject: Law–Language–Social aspects.
Series: Elgar studies in legal theory.
K133 .I586 2017
Title: International perspectives on the regulation of lawyers and legal services / edited by Andrew Boon.
Publication info: Oxford ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing, 2017.
Subject: Legal services.
Subject: Legal aid.
Subject: Practice of law.
HM821 .L57 2014
Title: Born free and equal? : a philosophical inquiry into the nature of discrimination / Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen.
Publication info: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, , c2014.
Subject: Discrimination–Moral and ethical aspects.
KD640 .H35 2017
Title: On the law of nature, reason, and common law : selected jurisprudential writings / Matthew Hale ; edited by Gerald J. Postema.
Edition: First edition.
Publication info: Oxford [UK] : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Subject: Law–Great Britain–History.
January 26, 2018
The library now has Adjunct Professor Neil Guthrie’s latest book, Guthrie’s Guide to Better Legal Writing, on Reserve at KE265 .G88 2018. The book is an accessible and engaging work focussed helping Canadian law students and lawyers quickly improve their writing in formats that range from blog posts to formal communications and includes practical tips on topics like writing style, strategy, grammar, punctuation, and word choice.
January 7, 2018
Here are some of the interesting books the library purchased in December. Check out our December Acquisitions List for all our new books.
||K3165 .S6625 2017
Title: Sociological constitutionalism / edited by Paul Blokker, Chris Thornhill.
Publication info: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Subject: Constitutional law–Social aspects.
Subject: Sociological jurisprudence.
||K3274 .B56 2018
Title: Noncitizenism : recognising noncitizen capabilities in a world of citizens / Tendayi Bloom.
Publication info: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Routledge studies on challenges, crises, and dissent in world politics ; 6.
KD735 .R49 2017
Title: Rewriting children’s rights judgments : from academic vision to new practice / Edited by Helen Stalford, Kathryn Hollingsworth and Stephen Gilmore.
Publication info: Oxford ; London : Hart Publishing, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc ; Portland, OR : Hart Publishing, 2017.
Subject: Children–Legal status, laws, etc.–Great Britain.
Subject: Children’s rights–Great Britain–Cases.
KZ7312 .I575 2017
Title: The International Criminal Court and Africa / edited by Charles Chernor Jalloh and Ilias Bantekas.
Edition: First edition.
Publication info: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Subject: International Criminal Court.
Subject: International criminal law–Africa.
Subject: International criminal courts–Africa.