Triple-Threat Discovery Forms
Trey Cox ’95 and R. Rogge Dunn
The pattern documents found in this collection of discovery forms were designed to help litigators take charge in the early discovery rounds. By forcing opposing counsel to react instead of attack, it’s possible to keep them from advancing their own cases. The detailed forms, each drafted by a veteran trial attorney with wide-ranging experience, are useful for personal injury, employment, business, and insurance cases. The collection weaves together interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests for production into an effective tool for “first-strike” capability. A full-text CD that can be searched by key word, case name, or topic is included. The book is available at ww.jamespublishing.com/books/ttf.htm.
Co-author Trey Cox has extensive courtroom experience in state and federal trials and lectures throughout Texas on trial advocacy, trial strategy, and complex litigation. He practices with Lynn Tillotson & Pinker in Dallas.
Fourth Down and Twenty Five Years to Go:
The African American Athlete and the Justice System
Donald Maurice Jackson ’90
The Sports Group
In this groundbreaking book, Donald Jackson chronicles controversies and arrests involving African American sports figures and takes a critical look at the system that seems to condone and support inappropriate conduct by these athletes. The author examines how sports, money, sex, the media, race, and the legal system interact, often to the detriment of the athletes. The hard-hitting book pulls no punches in exposing the dark side of sports stardom and assigning the blame. From O.J. Simpson to Barry Bonds, from youth league players to local stars, Jackson’s conclusions will startle most.
“Is America ready for a book that looks so intensely, so honestly—so uniquely—at the issues of race, media and sport? Thanks to Don Jackson, we’re all about to find out,” notes Gregg Doyel, columnist for CBS SportsLine.com.
Don Jackson is a sports attorney and former athlete. He researched hundreds of incidents involving African American athletes for this book, from youth league players to Hall-of-Famers. The book is available at www.iuniverse.com.
International Law Stories
John E. Noyes ’77, Laura A. Dickinson, and Mark W. Janis
This book puts significant international law cases in their social, political, and historical context in 16 essays by leading experts in the field. The essays include stories that describe the development of international human rights law; stories about the use of international law in the U.S. legal system; and stories about the impact of international law on interstate politics.
The book is organized into three major sections: Nuremberg and Its Progeny; International Law: The Domestic Impact; and International Law: Interstate Conflicts. Rich in background and insights into important controversies and key developments in the field, the book will be valuable to scholars, practitioners, and students alike.
John Noyes has taught courses in international law and law of the sea. He is professor of law at California Western School of Law in San Diego.
Criminal Law and Procedure, sixth edition
John M. Scheb LL.M. ’84 and John M. Scheb II
This book was written specifically for Criminal Law and Procedure courses in departments of political science, legal studies, sociology, criminal justice, criminology, and the administration of justice. Appropriate for a combined course in law and procedure, it includes historical background and has been updated to cover recent Supreme Court decisions and other developments in criminal justice.
Judge John M. Scheb served for years on Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, and in 1991 he founded an American Inn of Court in Sarasota County.
The Whole Truth
David Baldacci ’86
David Baldacci spins a thrilling tale in The Whole Truth. As nations are headed toward deadly conflict, Nicholas Creel, the head of the world’s largest defense contractor, and public relations schemer Dick Pender maneuver to cash in on the catastrophe. A secret agent named Shaw reluctantly plays the role of peacekeeper, while a journalist named Katie James gets an exclusive interview with a sole survivor of a massacre—a scoop that could launch her to the top of her profession.
As the story unfolds, characters and motives collide, with nothing less than the fate of the world at stake.
David Baldacci’s travels to Dublin, London, Paris, and Amsterdam last summer provided the background for the fast-paced global adventures in his most recent thriller. Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at: www.davidbaldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.
Linda Fairstein ’72
In her tenth legal thriller featuring Manhattan Assistant DA Alex Cooper, Fairstein delivers a compelling story based partly on a 2006 crime. As she’s winding up a rape trial, Cooper is called to the scene of a brutal beating in an abandoned building near the Staten Island ferry. Soon a second victim is found, and local officials want the killer apprehended quickly to forestall a series of grisly headlines. The edgy plot unfolds in the sweltering summer heat of Manhattan, as the prosecutor follows leads into secluded places that promise danger at every turn. Mystery, high-speed chases, and compelling clues await readers of this latest installment in the exciting life of Alex Cooper. “Fairstein delivers a scorcher of a crime novel—her hottest yet,” according to Library Journal.
Linda Fairstein’s novels blend a keen knowledge of forensics and legal issues with suspense. One of America’s foremost legal experts on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, she ran the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan for more than two decades. “I miss prosecuting every day,” says Fairstein. “That’s why I give it to Alex Cooper to do.” Find more information, including a video clip about the book, at www.lindafairstein.com.
Corrections to My Memoirs
Michael S. Kun ’88
Michael Kun’s most recent book is a collection of short stories. In the title story, a spoof of James Frey’s controversial book, A Million Little Pieces, the author writes to his publisher to explain the things that need to be changed in his memoir. Regarding the title, Victory: How I won World War II and Super Bowl III, he notes that he didn’t “formally serve in World War II” because he hadn’t yet been born—but he’d read about it.
In “Touched, Very Touched,” Kun delves into the strange side of office life through a narrator who delivers a weird speech after receiving an award for the “Best Interoffice Email (Nonviolent) (Nonsexual).” In “One Last Story About Girls and Chocolate,” barbed conversations create tension among guests at a party. Kun also experiments with a different format in two other stories by telling part of his narrative in footnotes.
“Kun’s wit,” notes the Baltimore Magazine, “is rooted in self-reflection, along with his ability to poke fun—sometimes gently, sometimes not—at himself and others.”
Michael Kun is in private practice in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Paige.
Mark Mellon ’87
In San Antonio, Texas, Virge Pargrew pays a call on his son, Leo, a wealthy lawyer, and his grandson, Jim Ed, to mend some family fences. The old cowman tells wild tales of searching for silver in Mexico back in 1865 with Comanches, banditos, and even members of the French Foreign Legion in pursuit. Jim Ed doesn’t know what to believe of these stories, but on a visit to the old man’s ranch one summer, he finds out, at last, the secret of the lost treasure.
Here’s a western novel that packs humor, historic details, and action on every page, paying tribute to the Lone Star State, where man-to-man confrontations occur without a hint of nuance: “Tell you what I am, boy. I’m half alligator and half rattlesnake and half kicking jackass mule and all man. If y’all don’t get the hell out of here, I’m gonna stomp the living lights out of you.”
Mark Mellon is an attorney for the FDIC and lives in northern Virginia, a long ride from the wild, wild West. He maintains a website at www.mellonwritesagain.com. Pirooters is his first full-length published novel and can be found at www.trebleheartbooks.com/SDMellon.html.