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September 2002


The Counselors. Elizabeth Vrato. Philadephia: Running Press, 2002. KF299.W6V73 2002

From the publisher: Meet the women of the revolution. The women of The Counselors have faced overwhelming opposition with astounding determination and integrity. Each believe in helping other women, and each of them has a host of experiences and advice from which younger women may learn valuable lessons of courage and strength. These are the women who have pav ed the way for the success of future generations.

Author Elizabeth Vrato asked recipients of the prestigious Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award what they would like to share with young women just beginning their careers. The result of these conversations is a profound look at women's struggle for recognition and success what will captivate a reader of any age or gender.

About the author: Elizabeth Vrato is an attorney practicing with the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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The Pinochet Case. A Film by Patricio Guzman. New York: First Run / Icarus Films, 2001. Videos VC P008

From the Studio:

Grand Prize Winner : 2001 Fiction du Reel (Marseille)
Semaine de la Critique : 2001 Cannes Film Festival
2002 Seattle International Film Festival

Augusto Pinochet, the general who overthrew President Salvador Allende of Chile in 1973, was the first dictator in Latin America - or the world - to be humbled by the international justice system since the Nuremburg trials.

This new film by Patricio Guzman investigates the legal origins of the case in Spain - where it began two years before Pinochet's arrest by London police in 1998. With the film's protagonists, among them the prosecutor Carlos Castressana who filed the charges, and Judge Baltasar Garzon, who upheld them and issued the arrest warrant, The Pinochet Case explores how a small group of people in Madrid laid the groundwork for this incredible feat - catching a dictator 25 years after his rise to power.

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The Votes That Counted : How the Court Decided the 20000 Presidential Election. Howard Gillman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001. KF5074.2.G55 2001

From the publisher: The dramatic struggle over the outcome of the 2000 presidential election presented judges with an extraordinary political challenge as well as a historic political temptation. In The Votes Counted, Howard Gillman offers a comprehensive yet critical assessment of how courts coped with the competing expectations for impartial justice and favorable results.

Lively and authoritative, the book documents how the participants, the press, the academic community, and the public responded during these tension-filled thirty-six days. Gillman also provides serious yet accessible overview of the legal strategies and debates - from briefs and oral arguments to final decisions. However, in explaining the behaviors of courts, he moves beyond an analysis of law to also take into account the influences of partisanship, judicial ideology, and broader political and historical contexts.

About the author: Howard Gillman is associate professor of political science at the University of Southern California. He is the author of The Constitution Besieged, the winner of the Pritchett Award for best book on public law, and the editor (with Cornell Clayton) of Supreme Court Decision-Making, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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The Supreme Court. William H. Rehnquist. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. KF8742.R47 2001

Fifteen years after he became the first sitting Chief Justice to write a book about the United States Supreme Court, William H. Rehnquist has added new chapters and substantially revised his classic work.

The Supreme Court begins with the personal story of William Rehnquist's introduction to the Court as a law clerk to Justice Robert Jackson in 1952. From there it describes the Court's early evolution and function in our small, young democracy. The author shows us how, as our country has grown and our politics have changed, the Court has moved in tandem with the executive and legislative branches to become the diverse and complex body we see in the present.

About the author: William H. Rehnquist succeeded Warren Burger in September 1986 as the sixteenth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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From the Ground Up : Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement. Luke W. Cole and Sheila R. Foster. New York: New York University Press, 2001. GE 180.C65 2001

From the publisher: From the Ground Up critically examines one of the fastest growing social movements in the United States, the movement for environmental justice. Tracing the movement's roots and illustrating the historical and contemporary causes of environmental racism, Luke Cole and Sheila Foster combine original analysis with powerful storytelling to help us understand the gripping struggles of communities across the United States - towns like Kettleman City, California, Chester, Pennsylvania; and Dilkon, Arizona - and their transformative effects on individuals, communities, and environmental policy.

About the authors: Luke W. Cole is Director of the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation's Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment. Sheila R. Foster is a professor at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden.

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