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New Books Examine Presidential Politics, 19th Century Writers, Client Counseling and Mental Health

From the economic performance of presidents and political parties to legal advocacy of nineteenth-century women writers, four College of Law professors have either recently published insightful books covering a range of legal research, issues, and theories.

Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron

Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron’s book, “Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients through Bad News and Other Legal Realities,” provides advice and insight to attorneys on how to more effectively communicate with their clients, particularly regarding legal realities and difficult decisions. In her book she discusses the challenges of both delivering bad news and handling difficult conversations, with the end goal of creating better-informed, more satisfied clients. Using social science research and drawing upon her experience honed from years as a professor and mediator, Professor Aaron offers specific suggestions relevant to legal practice and counseling. For example, she discusses ordering, timing, phrasing, and types of explanation, as well as “personal style” adjustments (voice, gesture, and body position), critical pieces that impact effective communication.  

Professor Aaron is Professor of Practice and Director, Center for Practice. Client Science: Advice for Lawyers on Counseling Clients through Bad News and Other Legal Realities is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Oxford University Press.

Professor Lewis Goldfarb

Professor Lew Goldfarb’s new book examines the economic performance of presidents and political parties. Over the last 80 years, through 13 presidents, the Democratic Party and Republican Party have shared the Oval Office for exactly 40 years each. The United States has economically flourished and stumbled during that time. Which president has been the best and worst economic steward for America, the business community, and the average family?  Which political party has demonstrated superior economic performance while in the Oval Office?   And what does this mean for the 2012 presidential elections? Professor Goldfarb, along with co-author Robert Deitrick, examine these issues and many others in the new book “Bulls, Bears, and the Ballot Box: How the Performance of Our Presidents Has Impacted Your Wallet.”  He and co-author Deitrick created the Presidential Rules for Economic Success (PRES Rules) and the Presidential Rankings of Economic Stewardship (PRES Rankings) to evaluate the economic performance of the presidents and their political parties—from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush—in both a qualitative and quantitative manner.

Professor Goldfarb is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. His book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and most retail book stores and from the website www.BullsBearsandtheBallotBox.com . It is scheduled for official release on July 1.

Professor Kristin Kalsem

Women have played important roles in legal history.  However, women's advocacy and legal contributions are largely ignored in the historical record because their work, stories, and perspectives are not documented in authoritative legal texts.  In Professor Kristin Kalsem’s new book, “In Contempt: Nineteenth-Century Women, Law, and Literature”, she analyzes heretofore unexamined sources of nineteenth-century legal history, specifically writings of nonfiction and fiction by women. Women writer advocates, Kalsem argues, were highly influential in changing laws affecting married women’s property, child support and custody, lunacy, divorce, birth control, domestic violence, and women in the legal profession.  Looking at texts ranging from legislative reports and trial transcripts to Gothic, utopian, and New Woman novels, In Contempt examines women's contributions to these significant legal reform movements.  The book examines many "lost" publications by reformers such as Annie Besant and Georgina Weldon and novelists such as Frances Trollope and Florence Dixie.  It also includes new legal readings of old favorites such as Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” and Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Professor Kalsem is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Her book and a multimedia CD is available on Amazon.

Douglas Mossman, MD

Dr. Douglas Mossman is co-author, with Dr. Debra Pinals, of the book “Evaluation for Civil Commitment”, which is part of the "Best Practices for Forensic Mental Health Assessment” series published by Oxford University Press. Drs. Pinals and Mossman give readers a comprehensive overview of the laws, policies, and evaluation practices relevant to the civil commitment of persons with mental illness. Dr. Mossman and Dr. Pinals use empirical support, legal relevance, and consistency with ethical and professional standards as bases for their best practice recommendations.

Dr. Mossman is the Director of the Glenn M. Weaver of Law and Psychiatry. His book is available on Amazon.