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This Just In: Rethinking US Election Law

One could argue there are numerous problems with elections in the United States. In 2016 (and several times in U.S. history) the candidate with the most popular votes did not win the presidency. In Ohio, the state has appealed a ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court that the state’s gerrymandered congressional districts are unconstitutional. These reasons along with limited ballot access, big money in politics, closed debates, and voter disenfranchisement make the case for the need for reform.

In his book Rethinking US Election Law: Unskewing the System, University of Memphis law professor Steve Mulroy attempts to analyze the issues and present reforms at all levels of elections in the United States. Highlights of the book are Mulroy’s support for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (to address the Electoral College), the adoption of ranked choice voting (recently adopted by the state of Maine), and an end to gerrymandering. Rethinking US Election Law is a thoughtful, easy-to-read work on the current state of U.S. election law.

Make Summer the Time to Practice Good Mental Health Habits

You know the saying – practice makes perfect. And as an aspiring lawyer, you also know that the legal profession is fraught with mental health issues. So why not make summer the time to conscientiously practice up on a couple good mental health habits so that these good habits will be a regular part of your life once you’re out of law school. Maybe you’ve been telling yourself you should start meditating. Or address your anxiety. Or change your drinking habits. Or practice yoga more. Summer’s the perfect time to start!

Here are some suggestions for books that might help you get started with good mental health habits this summer. All of these titles are from our Mental Health and Wellness Collection that’s located in the Ohio room. You can check out these titles and others any time.


This Just In: Beyond These Walls Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States

Beyond These Walls is an exhaustive work that looks at the history of crime and punishment in the United States from its origins, to today’s state of mass incarceration, to the author’s vision of reform for the future. The current day numbers are stark:  the United States holds over two million people in prison which accounts for 25% of the world’s prison population.

The author, Tony Platt, is a recognized authority in the field of criminal justice.  He has written numerous books on the topic and has taught at The University of Chicago and The University of California, Berkeley.

Newest Edition of Space Law Text Available

First published in 1993, Introduction to Space Law is now in its fourth edition in 2019. Written by Tanja Masson-Zwaan and Mahulena Hofmann and published by Wolters Kluwer, the text provides an overview of topics such as:

  • The treaties governing space law and other sources of law
  • Cybersecurity and the peaceful uses of outer space
  • Human space flight, space debris, and communication in space
  • Satellites, navigation systems, and remote sensing

For more information, see our thorough Space Law Research Guide. Interested in taking an online course in space law? See our Global Space Law Center, led by C|M|Law Professor Dr. Mark Sundahl.



Baseball Meets the Law – Celebrating Opening Day 2019

Baseball is back with today’s Cleveland Indians home opener against the Chicago White Sox. To celebrate, we’re highlighting Baseball Meets the Law: A Chronology of Decisions, Statutes and Other Legal Events, one of the many books in the library about the legal aspects of the sport. Written by Ed Edmonds and Frank G. Houdek, two former law librarians, the book is a handy reference for legal developments from the earliest time of the sport in the U.S. until the present day. Each chapter gives a brief summary of relevant caselaw or other materials, perfect for easy browsing in between innings.  Also included are selective bibliographies and a list of lawyers from around the country involved in baseball.

From Baseball Meets the Law, you can learn that:

  • Pennsylvania passed a law in 1794 prohibiting the playing of baseball on Sundays.
  • Less than three months after Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947, Larry Doby pinch hit for the Cleveland Indians and went down in history as the second black player in the major leagues.
  • In 1994, Gina Satriano (who was an attorney too!), became the first woman pitcher to start a game in a major league stadium. She pitched for the Colorado Silver Bullets against the Northern California Junior College All-Stars in Candlestick Park.
  • In a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case from 2015, a judge ruled that baseball’s antitrust exemption still applies in franchise relocation cases.