NYLS Celebrates Acclaimed New Books by Faculty Members

School to Honor New Works by Professors Tamara Belinfanti, Kris Franklin, Arthur Leonard, and Richard Sherwin

New York, NY (April 11, 2019) – This month, New York Law School (NYLS) is honoring four new faculty books and hosting special book events at its Tribeca campus to celebrate.

The books showcase the NYLS faculty’s broad range of scholarly expertise, including the cultural history of law, sexuality law, lawyering skills, and corporations and the public good.

“I’m proud to recognize the latest additions to the influential scholarship produced by NYLS’s faculty members,” said NYLS Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell. “These new works by Professors Tamara Belinfanti, Kris Franklin, Arthur Leonard, and Richard Sherwin demonstrate our faculty’s continued thought leadership in law and its impact on culture, commerce, and society.”

April Book Events

Monday, April 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. | “Law and Our Diverse, Dynamic Culture”

Monday, April 29, 2019, 6:00 p.m. | “Corporations and the Public Good”

Media who would like to attend upcoming book events or request photos should contact Liz Thomas at communications@nyls.edu or 212.431.2872.

More Details on the Books

A Cultural History of Law in the Modern Age (Bloomsbury)
By Richard Sherwin, Wallace Stevens Professor of Law and Director of the Visual Persuasion Project

Professor Sherwin’s latest book is the concluding volume in a sweeping six-volume series on the cultural history of law. The series spans 4,500 years—from antiquity through modern times. Professor Sherwin’s volume (co-edited with Professor Danielle Celemajer of Sydney University) covers the modern period, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. It describes a century distinguished by radical pluralism and extraordinary creativity in law’s development, including the extension of rights to those historically excluded from its protection. The book also features stories of human struggle in the face of state authority—including Aboriginal land claims, popular resistance to corporate power, and the inter-generational ramifications of genocidal state violence. Its highly innovative, overarching theme derives from a central query: how, and with what effect, do different communication modalities—including radio, film, amateur video, ceremonial dance, and street theater—construct, memorialize, and disseminate legal meaning, both in and out of court?

Legal Reasoning Case Files (Carolina Academic Press)
By Kris Franklin, Professor of Law and Director of Academic Initiatives

This book, Professor Franklin’s third, is designed to build legal analysis skills through hands-on work that reflects what lawyers do every day. Using realistic materials drawn from core legal topics, law students are guided to produce real-life documents while learning to reflect more deeply on what it actually means to think and work “like a lawyer.” The casebook draws from Professor Franklin’s expertise in legal pedagogy and experiential learning in law school. She has served as President of two Association of American Law Schools sections: Teaching Methods and Academic Support. She is also the founder of the New York Academic Support Workshop and a founding board member of the Association of Academic Support Educators. She co-directs NYLS’s Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching.

Sexuality Law, Third Edition (Carolina Academic Press)
By Arthur Leonard, Robert F. Wagner Professor of Labor and Employment Law

The third edition of Professor Leonard’s comprehensive casebook—co-authored with Professor Patricia A. Cain of Santa Clara University School of Law—responds to the surge of new developments in cases related to sexual orientation and identity. The U.S. Supreme Court now considers sexuality-related cases almost every term, and the pace of litigation in lower courts continues to increase. The book provides a chronological journey through the Supreme Court’s treatment of sexuality law issues from the middle of the 20th century to the present and includes chapters related to sexual orientation, gender identity issues, family law, and emerging topics. Professor Leonard is a nationally recognized expert on sexual orientation law who has advocated for, and chronicled, fundamental expansions to LGBT rights in the United States for over 40 years.

Citizen Capitalism: How a Universal Fund Can Provide Influence and Income to All (Berrett-Koehler)

By Tamara Belinfanti, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Business and Financial Law

Professor Belinfanti’s first book—co-authored with the late Lynn Stout, Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Cornell Law School, and Sergio Gramitto, Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell Law School—is centered on a bold new idea for addressing income inequality. The book makes the case for establishing a national fund, the “Universal Fund,” that would be similar to a mega mutual fund and open to all Americans ages 18 and older. Every participating citizen would receive a single share, supplemental income from returns generated by the fund, and shareholder voting rights. Professor Belinfanti recently co-founded the Ethical Shareholder Initiative, a new nonprofit housed in NYLS’s Social Justice Hub that is building a platform for shareholders to make voting decisions with ethical, social, and environmental considerations in mind.