Jethro K. Lieberman

Jethro K. Lieberman

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The Thing about Books
When I announced I was retiring, friends thought I should get rid of my books. Too much wanton display, too much weight, too much worry. This was my response.

Books are listed by publication date, most recent first; articles and miscellany are collected in entries at the bottom

Fight the Hypo: FAKE Arguments, Trolleyology, and the Limits of Hypotheticals
Tribeca Square Press, 2014.
A critique of the conventional tool of law professors, philosophers, and like-minded interlocutors.

Jumpstart Constitutional Law
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2013.
A readable primer for law students about to embark on their constitutional law course.

Liberalism Undressed
Oxford University Press, 2012.
Rescues the generally meaningless label "liberalism" from the hands of champions and detractors alike by exploring the central question of any political theory: under what circumstances should political authority be exercised? This book proposes that the problem of harm lies at the core of liberalism and that a properly understood Harm Principle can account for and justify a government robust enough to deal with pressing modern problems of human harm and suffering while restrained enough to provide people freedom to live life on their own terms.

Foundations of (and Advanced) Business Law and the Legal Environment
with Don Warner, Daniel M. Mayer, and George J. Siedel. Flat World Knowledge, 2011, 2012, and continuing, in 2 volumes.
A textbook on business law and related legal topics for the college business major and for students in graduate business studies.

The Lawyer’s Guide to Writing Well
with Tom Goldstein; University of California Press, 2002.
The definitive guide to becoming a better writer – and better lawyer. This practical volume demystifies legal writing, outlines the causes and consequences of bad writing, and prescribes straightforward, easy-to-apply remedies to dense and jumbled prose.

The Lawyer's Craft: An Introduction to Legal Analysis, Writing, Research, and Advocacy
with Cathy Glaser, Robert A. Ruescher, and Lynn Boepple Su. Lexis-Nexis Publishers, 2002.
A text for first-year law students.

A Practical Companion to the Constitution: How the Supreme Court Has Ruled on Issues from Abortion to Zoning
University of California Press, 1999.
An enlarged paperback edition of The Evolving Constitution, a comprehensive topical guide from A to Z to the constitutional issues that have come to the Supreme Court from the 1790s through the twentieth century. Supplements available through 2013.

The Evolving Constitution
Random House, 1992.
A topical guide to the U.S. Constitution as the Supreme Court has ruled on the issues. Covers cases from the 1790s through the Court's 1990-1991 term.

Business Law and the Legal Environment
with George J. Siedel, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 3rd ed., 1992.
A textbook for the undergraduate business major and graduate school courses on business law and related subjects.

The Legal Environment of Business
with George J. Siedel, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988, 753pp.
A textbook for management majors on legal regulatory and public law issues in the 1980s.

The Enduring Constitution
West Publishing Company; Harper & Row Publishers, 1987.
An exploration of the Constitution, its origins, its growth and development, and its meaning as the courts have interpreted it, on the eve of its bicentennial in 1987.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, An Informal History
published by the firm, 1987.
A history of the New York law firm, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, through the mid-twentieth century, published by the firm for its lawyers, employees, and friends.

The Manager's Guide to Resolving Legal Disputes
with James F. Henry, Harper & Row Publishers, 1985.
A short guide for the business manager to the then new development of ADR – alternative dispute resolution.

The Role of Courts in American Society
principal editor for the Council on the Role of Courts, West Publishing Co., 1984.
A report on how courts function in the United States, assembled from a number of studies undertaken by the Council on the Role of Court, originally a working group of the U.S. Justice Department and then a private organization.

The Litigious Society
Basic Books, 1981.
The first book to seek the underlying causes for, and consequences of, America's apparent growing urge to sue.

Checks and Balances: The Alaska Pipeline Case
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1981.
The tangled legal story behind the story of building the Alaska oil pipeline in the late 1970s, showing students how the interlocking set of checks and balances at all levels of government plays out in a world of conflicting interests.

Free Speech, Free Press, and the Law
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1980
Everyone knows that we enjoy a freedom to speak, but most students (and all too many adults) are fuzzy, if not ignorant, about the details. This book provides case studies of many of the arenas in which freedom of speech plays out in America.

Privacy and the Law
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1978.
The first of a three-book series on law for the secondary school market, this book examines modern privacy issues that were ripe in the 1970s (and many of which remain ripe today) through a wealth of case studies.

Crisis at the Bar: Lawyers' Unethical Ethics and What to Do about It
W. W. Norton, 1978.
A searching look, prompted by Watergate, at the lawyer's code of ethics, demonstrating that it was so ignorant of modern realities that it led lawyers further into the moral thicket than out of it.

The Aleph Solution
writing as Webster Mews, with Sandor Frankel, Stein and Day Publishers, 1978.
A thriller about mideastern terrorists who strive to take the whole world hostage.

Milestones! 200 Years of American Law
West Publishing Co., 1976; Oxford University Press, 1976.
The stories behind twenty milestones of American legal history, mostly Supreme Court cases, selected by an American Bar Association poll of lawyers at the time of the United States Bicentennial.

The Complete CB Handbook
Avon Books, 1976.
A how-to book on the citizens' band radio craze that swept the country during and after our bicentennial year.

How the Government Breaks the Law
Stein and Day Publishers, 1972.
The manifold ways government at all levels avoids, ignores, or defies the laws and regulations its officials are sworn to uphold.

The Tyranny of the Experts: How Professionals and Specialists Are Closing the Open Society
Walker and Co., 1970.
A study of occupational licensing laws, professional codes of ethics, and other devices that put control over significant areas of personal and community life in the hands of supposed experts.

The Obscenity Report
Published anonymously, Stein and Day Publishers, 1970.
A satire on government reports and anti-pornography sentiment in the late 1960s.

Are Americans Extinct?
Walker and Co., 1968.
A study of American immigration policy, focusing on the National Origins provisions of federal immigration law and the Congressional battle over their repeal in 1965.

Understanding Our Constitution
Walker and Co., 1967.
A clause-by-clause analysis of the Constitution and what it means, as of the mid-1960s, intended mainly for high school students but useful for non-specialist adult readers as well.

Court in Session
Sterling Publishing Co., 1966.
Mostly for the secondary-school market, a straightforward explanation of how the law and courts function, the sorts of cases that can come to court, what lawyers do, the vocabulary of the law, and related matters.

Anthologies, Chapters, Articles, Book Reviews, and Other Miscellany

Bad Writing
An article wherein the author bemoans the state of scholarly writing.

Anthologies
A list of anthologies I have edited.

Book Chapters and Articles
A list of chapters in edited books and articles in journals and encyclopedias.

Book Reviews
A list of reviews of books in various journals and periodicals.

A Miscellany
A list of articles in the popular press, pamphlets, lectures, and more.

Selected Works

New
A retort to friends who thought it was time to thin out the bookshelves.
A critique of hypotheticals as a tool for judging the thought of others.
For students studying constitutional law: what it's about, how to learn it, in language easy to grasp.
Political Theory, Government
Resuscitates liberalism as a practical political doctrine.
Writing
On writing clear, readable, and persuasive prose. 3d edition published January 2016
An article on the sins of scholarly writing — and a video to boot.
Constitutional Law
The meaning of the Constitution, and how it has changed over time, on the eve of its bicentennial.
Law and Society
The first book to seek the underlying causes for, and consequences of, America’s growing urge to sue.
A searching look at the moral disarray of the post-Watergate lawyers' code of ethics.
Fiction
Terrorists take over the United Nations and commit a series of atrocities to free their imprisoned soldiers. An Israeli agent to the rescue. Sounds familiar, but this appeared in 1978, before some of the things imagined had ever played out.
Miscellany
Edited anthologies.
Articles in the popular press, pamphlets, and more.