Mary Dudziak, at Legal History Blog, discusses books and book reviews of interest to legal historians, including Charlotte Brooks' new book, Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (University of Chicago Press, 2009) (see here); The Classical Tradition, Anthony Grafton, Glenn Most, Salvatore Settis, (eds.), Harvard, 2009 (here); and a book review round up (with links to a number of reviews) is here. Also at Legal History Blog, Dan Ernst discusses Tamar W. Carroll’s review of A. Cheree Carlson, The Crimes of Womanhood: Defining Femininity in a Court of Law (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009) here.
At TaxProf Blog, Paul Caron has many clever tax-savings ideas, including donating your home to the local fire department so that they can burn it down. This one may not work if you’re an ESPN commentator, though (and you know who you are), so check it out with Paul first.
Most readers are already familiar with Larry Solum’s recurring Sunday Legal Theory Lexicon, of which last Sunday’s topic was originalism (there’ll be a new Legal Theory Lexicon today). Despite Larry’s position that the posts provide a very brief introduction to the subject matter in question each week that is aimed at law students (especially first-year law students), I’ve always found these posts interesting. I realize that probably demonstrates my lack of legal theory sophistication, at least relative to Larry.
And at PrawfsBlawg Howard Wasserman asks Jon Stewart What’s In A (Jewish) Name? And is the issue that it’s Jewish or that it’s complicated? With a name like “Krawiec,” I can sympathize with the “some names are not meant for marquee lights” sentiment. I’d be much more famous, I’m sure, with a surname like Hudson, or Taylor, or Hudson-Taylor.