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Law School alumni have written and published books on a wide variety of topics in recent months. If you have written a new book and want to tell us about it, please mail all pertinent information to UVA Lawyer, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903; fax it to 434/296-4838; or e-mail it to


Manhattan MonologuesManhattan Monologues
Louis Auchincloss '41
Houghton Mifflin Company

The latest collection of short stories by Auchincloss "map a vivid New York century, a world of social privilege, through a series of engaging personal accounts," according to publisher Houghton Mifflin. "The story 'All That May Become a Man' focuses on a son's failure to meet the expectations of his adventurer father, a war hero. … In 'The Justice Clerk' a Wall Street tax attorney recalls his days of disillusionment as a young Washington law clerk." Raised in New York City, Auchincloss has published more than fifty critically acclaimed volumes of fiction, history, biography, and literary criticism, in addition to practicing law for forty years. His first novel, The Indifferent Children, was published in 1947.

Sapphire's GraveSapphire's Grave
Hilda Gurley-Highgate '93

Sapphire's Grave starts in 1749 in Sierra Leone, when slavers capture a fiercely strong woman and force her onto a slave ship. On the journey to the Americas, she becomes known for her unrelenting will. When she arrives in the New World she gives birth to Sapphire, who is strong and defiant like her mother. Follow the lives of Sapphire and her descendants where, writes Doubleday, "Gurley-Highgate not only creates a poignant and engrossing saga of black women in America, she brilliantly illuminates the meaning of roots and the links between women and their female ancestors." The author practices law in Detroit; this first novel will be in bookstores in January.

Lonesome SongLonesome Song
Elliott Light '73
Bancroft Press

Amateur sleuth Shep Harrington, the protagonist in the first of the Shep Harrington SmallTown Mysteries, Lonesome Song, is a disbarred and divorced attorney. He lost his wife and his career after spending three years in prison for a white-collar crime he didn't commit. The distrustful Harrington returns to his mother's hometown in rural Virginia and finds a local-boy-turned-country- star dead by alleged suicide. Harrington doesn't buy suicide as the cause of death, but no one outside of a small circle of the singer's friends seems to care. The answers lie in the town's past, a past most people would rather not talk about. Elliott Light is writing the second in the series now, and practices law with Roberts, Abokhair, and Mardula in Reston, VA. The second book in the series, Chain Thinking, is due out in 2003. See for more on the SmallTown Mysteries.


Football: The Ivy League Origins of an American ObsessionFootball: The Ivy League Origins of an American Obsession
Mark Bernstein '89
University of Pennsylvania Press

"Bernstein shows that much of the culture that surrounds American football, both good and bad, has its roots in the Ivy League. The college fight song is an Ivy League creation (Yale's was written by Cole Porter), as are the marching bands that play them. With their long winning streaks and impressive victories, Ivy teams started a national obsession with football … But football was almost abolished early on because of violence in Ivy games, and it took President Theodore Roosevelt to mediate disagreements about rough play in order for football to remain a college sport. … Although Ivy League football and its ancient rivalries have disappeared from big-time sports by their own accord, their legacy remains with every snap of the ball," according to Penn Press. Bernstein, a journalist and lawyer, draws a weekly comic strip about lawyers in the New York Law Journal and San Francisco Recorder.

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Choice of Law for American Courts: A Multilateralist Method (Contributions in Legal Studies)
Edwin Scott Fruehwald '94
Greenwood Press

In his book, Fruehwald says the state of American choice-of-law today lies somewhere between disarray and chaos. He advocates a method for determining what law should govern conflict that is both forum- and content-neutral and that respects the rights of individuals and states. The book earned Fruehwald the Stessin Prize, awarded annually by Hofstra University to non-tenured faculty scholars. The author is a legal writing instructor at Hofstra University School of Law.

Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law

Laura Leedy Gansler '89
and Clara Bingham

Class Action"In the coldest reaches of northern Minnesota, a group of women endured a shocking degree of sexual harassment-until one of them stepped forward and sued the company that had turned a blind eye to their pleas for help. Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, the first sexual harassment class action in America, permanently changed the legal landscape as well as the lives of the women who fought the battle. Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler take readers on a fascinating, page-turning journey, the roller-coaster ride … shows us that Class Action is not just one woman's story, it's every woman's legacy," says Doubleday. Laura Leedy Gansler specializes in alternative dispute resolution and securities law. Clara Bingham is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and wrote Women On the Hill: Challenging the Culture of Congress.

The Essential Legal Guide for the Professional Wrestler
Eric C. Perkins '96
1st Books Publishing

Perkins has written possibly the only book that explores the legal and business sides of the professional wrestling industry. "Pro wrestling has evolved over the past twenty years, from its blue collar 'wrasslin' roots, to unprecedented levels of success and exposure in the mainstream media," says the publisher. "Professional wrestling is perhaps the most intriguing, controversial, and misunderstood form of sports entertainment today." Perkins is a corporate and sports law attorney in Richmond. The book is available now at

On the Skirmish Line
William Sanders '42, LL.M. '46
McClain Printing Company

An autobiography that follows Sanders's early years in Princeton, Marine Corps service during World War II, general staff service of the occupation government in Berlin, and law practice in West Virginia. The book chronicles a life and comes complete with a rural lawyer's reflections on family life, civil rights, and environmental concerns. This title, as well as most of Sanders's eleven titles on the history and settlement of families and areas in Virginia and West Virginia, are available at

The Real Lessons of the Vietnam War: Reflections Twenty-Five Years After the Fall of Saigon
Edited by Robert F. Turner '81, S.J.D. '96, and John Norton Moore
Carolina Academic Press

The Real Lessons of the Vietnam War: Reflections Twenty-Five Years AfterMoore and Turner state "it is critically important for Americans to look back and reassess what really happened in Vietnam." The volume features lessons contributed by senior diplomats, retired military officers, experts on Vietnamese Communism, and senior scholars of history, political science, and law, according to the publisher. "Various myths that continue to influence American thinking about Vietnam are corrected; the idea that the U.S. military and CIA were intentionally engaged in 'war crimes' is laid to rest; and military legal experts address the tragic realities of My Lai and measures taken to prevent reoccurrence." Turner co-founded and is Associate Director of the Center for National Security Law at the Law School, where Moore is the Walter L. Brown Professor of Law, as well as the Center's Director. The book is available at