The Court That Tamed The West

From the gold rush to the Internet boom, the US District Court for the Northern District of California has played a major role in how business is done
and life is lived on the Pacific Coast. When California was first admitted to the Union, pioneers were busy prospecting for new fortunes, building
towns and cities–and suing each other. San Francisco became the epicenter of a litigious new world being cobbled together from gold dust and sand
dunes. Its federal court set precedents, from deciding the fate of Mexican land grants and shanghaied sailors to civil rights for Chinese immigrants.
Through the era of Prohibition and the labor movement to World War II and the tumultuous sixties and seventies, the court’s historic rulings have defined
the Bay Area’s geography, culture, and commerce.

Sponsored by the Northern District Court’s Historical Society and told by veteran journalists, The Court That Tamed the West presents the region’s history
through a new lens, offering insight along with great storytelling.

This long unavailable autobiography is required reading for anyone wishing to understand one of the most controversial and dynamic chief justices in Supreme
Court History and his remarkable impact on American Society.

In 1971, William Rehnquist seemed the perfect choice to fill a seat on the United States Supreme Court. He was a young, well-polished lawyer who shared
many of President Richard Nixon’s philosophies and faced no major objections from the Senate. But in truth, the nomination was anything but straightforward.
Now, for the first time, former White House counsel John Dean tells the story of Rehnquist’s appointment. Dean offers readers a place in the White House
inner circle, providing an unprecedented look at a government process.

Few chapters in American judicial history have enjoyed as colorful a past as has the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Created in 1891, its
jurisdiction now encompasses California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Hawaii, and Alaska. David Frederick has mined archival
sources, including court records and legal papers throughout the West and in Washington, D.C., to document the Ninth Circuit’s first fifty years. His
findings are much more than a record of the court, however, for they also provide a unique social and cultural history of the West.

Frederick portrays the West’s most important judicial institution with clarity and intelligence, reminding us that the evolution of the Ninth Circuit
both reflected and affected the dramatic changes occurring in the West during the court’s early years. This is a book that will appeal not only
to lawyers, but to historians, sociologists, and general readers as well.

The Kentucky-born son of a Baptist preacher, with an early tendency toward racial prejudice, Supreme Court Justice Wiley Rutledge (1894-1949) became one
of the Court’s leading liberal activists and an early supporter of racial equality, free speech, and church-state separation. Drawing on more than
160 interviews, John M. Ferren provides a valuable analysis of Rutledge’s life and judicial decisionmaking and offers the most comprehensive explanation
to date for the Supreme Court nominations of Rutledge, Felix Frankfurter, and William O. Douglas.

Rutledge was known for his compassion and fairness. He opposed discrimination based on gender and poverty and pressed for expanded rights to counsel,
due process, and federal review of state criminal convictions.

During his brief tenure on the Court (he died following a stroke at age fifty-five), he contributed significantly to enhancing civil liberties and
the rights of naturalized citizens and criminal defendants, became the Court’s most coherent expositor of the commerce clause, and dissented powerfully
from military commission convictions of Japanese generals after World War II. Through an examination of Rutledge’s life, Ferren highlights the
development of American common law and legal education, the growth of the legal profession and related institutions, and the evolution of the American
court system, including the politics of judicial selection.

Felix Frankfurter, Hugo Black, Robert Jackson, William O. Douglas—they began as close allies and friends of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who appointed
them to the Supreme Court in order to shape together a new, liberal view of the Constitution that could live up to the challenges of economic depression
and war. Within months, their alliance had fragmented. Friends became enemies. In competition and sometimes outright warfare, the men struggled with
one another to define the Constitution—and through it, the idea of America itself.

This book tells the story of these four great justices: relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression,
World War II, and the Cold War. At the same time, another story emerges from the vicissitudes of their battles, victories, and defeats: a history
of the modern Constitution itself.

Michael Meyerson is Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard. He is the author of four previous books and a contributing writer for New York Times Magazine.

 

In The Chief Justiceship of Warren Burger, 1969–1986, Earl M. Maltz offers a comprehensive summary and analysis of
the Supreme Court’s impact on American law and government during Burger’s tenure. Undoubtedly one of the most interesting periods in Supreme Court
history, the Burger Court generally holds a place in America’s judicial memory as a centrist or mildly conservative institution that followed the liberal
constitutionalism of the Warren Court and preceded the conservative ideology of the Rehnquist Court. Maltz demonstrates, however, that under Burger
the Court’s ideological transition was far from immediate and certainly not regular or universal in process. Maltz contends that in many areas of constitutional
law the Burger Court produced the most liberal jurisprudence in history—even more liberal than that of its predecessor.

Earl M. Maltz is Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University School of Law. His many books include “Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery”; “Fugitive
Slave on Trial: The Anthony Burns Case and Abolitionist Outrage”; “Civil Rights, The Constitution, and Congress”; and “Slavery and the Supreme
Court, 1825 1861”, all published by Kansas.

In this long-awaited successor to his landmark work A History of American Law, Lawrence M. Friedman offers a monumental
history of American law in the twentieth century. Written by one of our most eminent legal historians, this engrossing book chronicles a century of
revolutionary change within a legal system that has come to affect us all. Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford
University. He is the former president of the Law and Society Association and of the American Society for Legal History. His previous books include
A History of American Law and Crime and Punishment in American History, which
was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

Named one of the best books of 2002 by the Los Angeles Times Book Review; Selected by Choice as a 2003 Outstanding Academic Title; Winner of AAP’s
2002 PSP Award for Excellence in Professional/Scholarly Publishing in Law; Winner of the Scribes Award for the best book on law written in 2002

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.

For printed publication: 172 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper. ISBN 0-9635086-2-8.  

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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.