A History of Michigan Law (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006), co-edited by Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman, was recently awarded the "best scholarly book on Michigan History" by the Historical Society of Michigan.
With a foreword by the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and co-edited by Martin Hershock, associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, the 270-plus page book addresses everything from the state's first constitution in 1835 before joining the Union to labor law in the early part of this Century to the current state of legal education.
"From property rights to civil right, prohibition to abortion, Michigan has been at the center of some of the nations' greatest legal controversies," writes Kevin Boyle on the back cover, a National Book Award winner and member of Ohio State's History Department. "Impeccably researched and engagingly written, the 12 essays collected here represent scholarship at its very best."
Finkelman, a specialist in American legal history, constitutional law, race and the law, and first amendment issues, was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case, and his work on the religion and legal history is cited in briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court involving this issue. He was also an expert witness in the lawsuit over the ownership of the 73
rd home run ball hit by Barry Bonds in 2001.
He is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School.
Finkelman is the author or editor of over 20 books and has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Some of his books include
Constitutional Law in Context (2006),
American Legal History: Cases and Materials (2005),
Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown (2005),
Encyclopedia of Harlem Renaissance (2004),
Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court (2003),
A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States (2002), and
Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson (2001).