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Legislative Process and Interpretation
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- By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 1st edition.
"In this convenient handbook that will fit neatly in your briefcase and in your mind, author David Malone has created a guide to the questions and answers you need on the game-changing Daubert decision and its important progeny, including Joiner and Kumho Tire.
When issues arise and need to be dealt with quickly, this new publication from NITA® will be the place to start. For objections, for responses, for motions to exclude testimony, and for motions that inform the judge why unusual bases for opinions are or are not permissible, Daubert Rules: Modern Expert Practice under Daubert and Kumho provides persuasive arguments and scientifically logical reasoning.
Written in this eighth book of his 'Rules' series, David Malone identifies nearly 100 areas that the practitioner concerned with presenting and opposing experts must consider as she readies herself and her team to engage in the 'battle of the experts.'" - from the publisher
- By Karen C. Burke. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 7th ed.
"This edition has been completely revised to reflect developments in the Code, regulations, and case law through October 2013. The text focuses on the corporation as a taxable entity and tracks the corporate life cycle from incorporation through complete liquidation. It includes discussion on nonliquidating distributions, redemptions, and stock dividends. It also addresses advanced problems in corporate taxation, such as taxable acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations and corporate divisions, and carryover of corporate tax attributes." - from the publisher
- By William Eskridge. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 2nd Ed.
"Suitable for students or practitioners, this authoritative overview of the legislative process and statutory interpretation moves smoothly and understandably between the theoretical and the practical. You'll find in-depth discussion of such topics as theories of legislation and representation, electoral and legislative structures, extrinsic sources for statutory interpretation, and substantive canons of statutory interpretation." - from the publisher
- By Jack Davies. Published by Thomson West. 2007. 3rd edition.
"Davies’ Legislative Law and Process in a Nutshell describes the process used by all legislative institutions to refine bills and examines the tactics of advocates that speed or impede legislation. The life of legislative law after enactment is detailed, including how agencies, local governments, and businesses use statutes and how citizens, career lobbyists, lawyers, and courts adjust legislative words to fit life’s realities." - from the publisher
- By Jan Laitos. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 1st ed.
"This treatise is a thorough assessment of the important and growing field of natural resources law. It provides comprehensive coverage of the laws, policies, and decision-making processes pertinent to the “core” commodity natural resources – rangeland, timber, mineral resources, energy resources, and water. It also covers the management and protection of non-commodity resources, such as wildlife, wilderness, and other types of preservation and recreation lands. As an essential addition to any environmental, natural resources, or public lands library, the book puts natural resources law in context with a review of the National Environmental Policy Act, a history of natural resources use and regulation, as well as a user-friendly description of resource economics." - from the publisher
- By William McGovern; Sheldon F. Kurtz; David English. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 2nd ed.
"This book introduces students to the federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax laws; grantor trust rules affecting the wealth disposition process; and the income tax rules applicable to estates and trusts. It covers recent cases and secondary literature and also includes a discussion of comparative law." - from the publisher
- By Ronald Benton Brown. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2011. 2nd edition.
"Statute reading doesn't have to be arduous. Designed to be read with a particular statute in mind, this handy guide is perfect for attorneys preparing for litigation, judges who need to understand the required and prohibited methods for statutory interpretations when bound by decisions of higher courts, and students seeking the tools of statutory interpretation." - from the publisher
- By Lynn Branham. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 9th edition.
"An excellent reference tool, this book covers a range of sentencing-related topics, including the purposes of criminal sanctions, restorative justice, guilty pleas and plea bargaining, rights during sentencing proceedings, sentencing factors, various ways to structure sentencing systems, community sanctions, the death penalty, Eighth Amendment constraints on sentences in noncapital cases, parole release, probation and parole revocation, and the enmeshed penalties or collateral consequences of a conviction. The latter half of this helpful resource provides an illuminating overview of the constitutional rights of prisoners, the mechanics of litigating inmates’ § 1983 suits, and the remedies available to inmates." - from the publisher
- By Joshua David Rosenberg; Dominic L. Daher. Published by Thomson West. 2008. 1st ed.
"This treatise provides expert guidance to law students and practitioners alike on this increasingly complex area of the law. It provides up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of pertinent provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, relevant administrative guidance, and appropriate case law. Above all, it offers a unique blend of the theoretical and practical aspects of federal income taxation. The authors bring to life one of the most challenging areas of the law with their expert analysis. This treatise is a necessity for anyone hoping to gain a better understanding of federal income taxation." - from the publisher
- By Kern Alexander; M. David Alexander. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th ed.
"This text captures the key points of the precedents governing student rights and responsibilities relating to attendance, speech, expression, religion, discipline, grades, tests, drugs, search and seizure, the emerging law of social media, i.e., cyberbullying, and the range of procedural due process interests. The book further addresses the range of constitutional rights and protections for teachers as well as employment terms and conditions, including contracts, tenure and potential liabilities." - from the publisher
- By Sharon K. Sandeen; Elizabeth A. Rowe. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 1st ed.
"Trade Secret Law is the first and only book in the Nutshell series to cover trade secret law in depth. It was written as a companion to Cases and Materials on Trade Secret Law by Rowe and Sandeen (the first casebook on trade secret law), but adds more practical advice. Thus, it is a useful resource for attorneys and law students alike. It could be a supplement to a course on trade secret law or an IP survey course that covers trade secret law, as most now do. Like the casebook, it focuses on the predominate law governing trade secrets in the U.S.: The Uniform Trade Secrets Act (now applicable in 47 of 50 states). Trade Secret Law in a Nutshell addresses both international and criminal enforcement of trade secret rights." - from the publisher
- By David H. Getches. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th ed.
"The new edition adds dozens of recent decisions and key statutory changes. Virtually every principal case in the leading casebooks is cited or discussed, making it an excellent aid for students in any water law course. The revised book deals with changes in evolving areas like groundwater-surface water conflicts, public recreational uses, instream flow protection, federal water development, takings claims, and public interest concerns." - from the publisher