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Archive for January 23rd, 2019


This Just In: Glass and Gavel

Stare decisis, pass the bottle, and cheers! In Glass and Gavel, author Nancy Maveety takes a look at alcohol and the U.S. Supreme Court. Specifically, the author covers the justices’ participation in the social use of alcohol during the history of the Court with a survey of the Court’s decisions on the regulation of alcohol.

Glass and Gavel is an entertaining look at the history of alcohol at the Supreme Court among the members of the Court and in their jurisprudence. The larger social changes happening during each era are examined and tied into the activity on the Court—from political saloons in the early years to speakeasies to craft beer bars in today’s fights against gentrification. If it involves alcohol and the Supreme Court, it’s in this book.

Nancy Maveety is professor of political science at Tulane University, specializing in U.S. Supreme Court studies, judicial decision making, and comparative judicial politics.