It is the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week—an annual event launched by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom to “promote awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrate[s] freedom of speech.”
The Banned Books Week Website includes a variety of information, including top ten lists of challenged books from the past decade. The 2011 list includes the legal classic To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
Federal Courts have struck down a variety of efforts to ban access to books. A list of some of these cases is available on the ALA website here.
Today marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. Dickens, of course, was a prolific chronicler of English law and legal institutions—-warts and all. Dickens’ descriptions of the law and lawyers often did not paint a rosy picture. See this recent New York Times Op-ed piece.
But two centuries later, Dickens remains an influential voice in the legal world. His books are referenced in hundreds of law review articles. Last Term, Chef Justice Roberts began an opinion quoting Bleak House. Stern v. Marshall, 564 U.S. _, 131 S. Ct. 2594, 2600 (2011).
Happy Bicentennial Charles Dickens!
The cover story of this month’s ABA Journal is: 30 Lawyers Pick 30 Books Every Lawyer Should Read. Each lawyer explains a bit about the book and why s/he recommends it. Several titles you’ll expect, some you won’t.
We have many of these books available in the GMU Law Library. Please consult our catalog.
In honor of today’s celebration of Read Across America Day, here are some recommended fiction titles available in the law library:
Christopher Buckley, Supreme Courtship. PS 3552.U3394 S87 2008
S. Scott Gaille, The Law Review. PS 3607.A755 L28 2002
John Grisham, Associate. PS 3557.R5355 A95 2009
John Grisham, Brethren. PS 3557.R5355 B74 2000
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird. PS 3563.E353T6 1995
John Mortimer, Rumpole and the Reign of Terror. PR 6025.O7552 R787 2006
John J. Osborn, The Associates. PS 3565.S38 O7694 1979
Barry Reed, The Verdict. PS 3568 .E36475 V47
Kermit Roosevelt, In the Shadow of the Law. PS 3618.O68 I5 2005
Natalie Wexler, A More Obedient Wife: A Novel of the Early Supreme Court. PS 3623.E954 M67 2006