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Legislative Process and Interpretation
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- 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 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 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