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Cecil Poole: A Life In The Law by James Haskins. Written for young adult readers, this book recounts the uplifting story of the first African American U.S. Attorney in the continental United States, who culminated his 40-year legal career with service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. "Cheers to the Ninth Circuit Historical Society for telling [this] inspiring story. . ." --U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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172 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper. ISBN 0-9635086-2-8. $15.00

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The audiobook is read by Darla Middlebrook, an actress and voice over artist who is also a trained speech pathologist. She can be heard on the audiobooks Sojourner Truth: Antislavery Activist by Peter Krauss and Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Leader by Mary Hull (Redwood Audio), and is one of several voice over artists who lend their voices to AIRS-LA: Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles. Originally from Ohio, she resides in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Western Legal History contains stimulating and reflective articles, interviews, and book reviews focused on the history of law in the American West and the Pacific Islands. Prominent authors in history, law, political science, and other fields explore and illuminate the role that the law has played in the West, from precontact times to today. Published twice yearly. Subscriptions are a benefit of membership in the NJCHS. ISSN 0896-2189 Domestic subscriptions are $25.00. Addresses outside the U.S., $35.00. Back issues are $15.00 each.
NJCHS Members receive a 20% discount on our books.

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U.S. Law and Courts in the Pacific: A Special Issue of Western Legal History edited by Jane L. Scheiber & Harry N. Scheiber. This symposium issue presents three articles exploring the legal history of the former Pacific island territories of the United States and of other colonial powers. In addition to editing this symposium, the Scheibers have coauthored with Benjamin Jones a ground-breaking article on the treatment of Japanese-American citizens under the regime of martial law in Hawai'i during World War II. Judge Alfred T. Goodwin contributes an article exploring the continuing role of the Ninth Circuit's Pacific Islands Committee in the former Trust Territories in the Pacific. Jon M. Van Dyke provides an analysis of the history of the South Pacific Judicial Conference and its successor, the Pacific Judicial Conference, and the role their leaders have played in advancing the rule of law and judicial independence in the region. 243 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper. Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2 (2009) $15.00.

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Western Frontiers of the Bill of Rights This special issue contains ten original essays offering a broad overview of the past and present issues relating to the Bill of Rights in the western states and the Pacific islands. Essays explore Native American rights, the suppression of free speech, Latino civil rights activism, modern concepts of privacy, racial restrictions on housing, martial law in Hawaii during World War II, economic rights, and the concept of due process. Teachers learning guide included at no additional cost. 251 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper. Vol. 3, No. 2 (Summer/Fall 1990) $15.00

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Western Water Law: A Special Issue of Western Legal History edited by Peter L. Reich. This collection of essays explores various aspects of a fundamental issue in western legal history. Topics include historiographic trends, water and politics in northern New Mexico, the principle of equitable apportionment, the Pecos River Compact, and water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Also included are book reviews and a bibliography. 135 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper. Vol. 9, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 1996) $15.00

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Legal Research for Historians by David L. McFadden. From Western Legal History, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2. This article explains the basic sources and techniques of legal research for historians and others not formally prepared to work with cases, statutes, and other legal materials. Available as a free download!
Studying the West in Federal Court Records by Larisa K. Miller. From Western Legal History, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2. Federal courts have been intimately involved in the growth and expansion of the American West, and the court records held by the Pacific Region (San Francisco) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) illuminate and enrich the history of that growth. In addition to recording legal decisions and constitutional precedents (which can be obtained from a law library), this vast collection of primary sources documents important issues in the economic, environmental, and social history of the West, and serves as a unique resource for historical research. Available as a free download!
The Lives and Careers of Judges and Other Employees in the Federal Judicial System: Some Pointers on Research by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens. From Western Legal History, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2. A variety of records and publications are useful in researching the lives and careers of judges, marshals, clerks of court, and other employees in the federal judicial system, including records of the federal government held by the National Archives and Records Administration. This article identifies some of those sources, with an emphasis on nineteenth-century records. Available as a free download!
Saving Yesterday Today for Tomorrow: A Guide to Oral History For The Bench And Bar by Carol Hicke. The information in this guide has been gleaned from a wide array of oral history programs and is based on the knowledge and experiences of oral historians at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C.; the Oregon Historical Society; the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California, Berkeley; and the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. The guide is in two parts: the first offers step-by-step procedures for conducting an oral history; the second deals with the problems of establishing a program and includes explanations about the discipline of oral history. Available as a free download!
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