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Bryan Stevenson

This is a TED talk that Bryan Stevenson did this month. He is the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative¬†of Montgomery, Alabama. I’ve seen Stevenson speak live once before, when he was honored by Public Advocates in San Francisco. He is an incredibly moving speaker and a master storyteller. I cannot recommend this talk … Continue reading

Mexican Opium: The Wordtrack (Disc 2)

This is the second installment of a series about books that I’ve read for this blog that are at least in part about early American drug law. I’ll give a few-line overview of what the book is about, and then three quotes I found pull-worthy (because they explain something about an early law, offer a … Continue reading

Mexican Opium: The Wordtrack (Disc 1)

Drugs, as it turns out, are a fantastically interdisciplinary subject matter. While I’m sure there are plenty of medical books exploring exclusively the interactions that Drug X has with, say, the nervous system, books about drugs generally fall into some hybrid category combining any number of the following subjects: Medicine, Law, Sociology, Public Policy, History, … Continue reading

Interview with Reuel Schiller

I had the pleasure of sitting down for a talk with UC Hastings Professor Reuel Schiller in his office last week. Schiller, who teaches legal history at Hastings, has a fantastic knowledge bank for the era when the first drug laws were coming in (i.e. post Civil War, pre-WWII). I thought that was reason enough … Continue reading

But the replays are my favorite part…

Two days ago, I posted a blog about jurisprudence and early drug law that mentioned the racist origins of west coast opium legislation. To my surprise, I received a comment in response to this post from Joseph Spillane, a history professor at the University of Florida. Spillane wrote an excellent book on the history of … Continue reading

Cliff Schaffer

Sometimes, the best legal work you can do involves taking something that someone has already done, and then claiming that the circumstances are tweaking this already-done thing enough to make your situation new and unique when in reality it’s damn near the exactly the same. In that spirit, I would like to point you in … Continue reading