Book Review: “New Law, New Rules” by George Beaton

[Originally posted, with a few editorial changes, at Canadian Lawyer] New Law, New Rules, by its very nature, shows how much the practice of law has changed. It is dubbed “a conversation about the future of the legal services industry,” and while Australian consultant George Beaton is billed as the author, it’s really a collaboration … Continue reading Book Review: “New Law, New Rules” by George Beaton

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Book Review: “The Disaster Artist” by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

[originally posted at Blogcritics] When Greg Sestero was trying to make it as an actor, his friend Tommy Wiseau asked him how to earn a Screen Actors Guild membership. Sestero responded that he could gain admission to the actors’ union by being the principal actor in a TV commercial. Wiseau, naturally, decided to produce, write, … Continue reading Book Review: “The Disaster Artist” by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

Book review: “Rise of the Warrior Cop” by Radley Balko

[originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] The next thing [Cheye] Calvo remembers is the sound of his mother-in- law screaming. He ran to the window and saw heavily armed men clad in black rushing his front door. Next came the explosion. He'd later learn that this was when the police blew open his front door. Then there … Continue reading Book review: “Rise of the Warrior Cop” by Radley Balko

Book review: “Wrong Side of the Law” by Edward Butts

[Originally published on canadianlawyermag.com] As of this writing, American fugitive Edward Snowden - on the lam after releasing details of the National Security Agency’s domestic and international spying programs - is stuck in the international transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.  100 years ago, Snowden might have had an easier time escaping the clutches of … Continue reading Book review: “Wrong Side of the Law” by Edward Butts

Book Review – Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders by Rob Tripp

[Originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] “My children did a lot of cruelty toward me.” - Mohammad Shafia, testifying at his trial for murdering his first wife and three daughters His daughters’ “cruelty” manifested itself in several ways: wearing revealing and immodest clothing, dating boys, and refusing to follow his strict orders. And for that, they had … Continue reading Book Review – Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders by Rob Tripp

Book Review: Charlie and the Angels: The Outlaws, the Hells Angels and the Sixty Years War

[originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] A one-percenter is the one of a hundred of us who has given up on society and the politician’s one-way laws. This is why we look repulsive. We are saying we don’t want to be like you or look like you. So stay out of our face. [...] God forgives, Outlaws … Continue reading Book Review: Charlie and the Angels: The Outlaws, the Hells Angels and the Sixty Years War

Book review: A Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case Against Polygamy by Craig Jones

[Originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] When s. 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada was referred to the British Columbia Supreme Court, I wrote that I believed the law was clearly unconstitutional in its current form: If this case was about legal recognition of polygamy — with massive implications for family law and even immigration policy — it … Continue reading Book review: A Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case Against Polygamy by Craig Jones

Book review: “From the Closet to the Altar”

[Originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] In 1957, a prominent American group denounced homosexuality as “socially heretical or deviant,” and determined that laws against it posed no constitutional problems. That organization: the American Civil Liberties Union. For years thereafter, “sodomy” was a criminal offence in every state. In 2012, the president of the United States spoke out … Continue reading Book review: “From the Closet to the Altar”

Review: “You Can’t Read This Book” by Nick Cohen

(Originally posted, in slightly different form, at Canadian Lawyer) Britain's plaintiff-friendly libel laws are so infamous, they've even inspired a gag on South Park.  In the notorious "Trapped in the Closet" episode, young Stan Marsh - thought to be the reincarnation of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard - announces that the "religion" is a giant scam.  Scientologist … Continue reading Review: “You Can’t Read This Book” by Nick Cohen

Review – The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion by Hugh B. Urban

[A version of this review originally appeared at CanadianLawyerMag.com.] An academic history of the Church of Scientology might not seem relevant to lawyers, unless you’re familiar with the controversial movement’s use of the justice system against its many detractors. Founder L. Ron Hubbard explained his legal philosophy in 1955: “The purpose of the [lawsuit] is … Continue reading Review – The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion by Hugh B. Urban