A History of Michigan Law (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006), co-edited by Albany Law School Professor Paul Finkelman, was recently selected for a place on the Library of Michigan's "2007 Michigan Notable Books" list.
The 270-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. In September 2006, A History of Michigan Law, was designated the "best scholarly book on Michigan History" by the Historical Society of Michigan.
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 was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court on 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.
The book contains a foreword by the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and is co-edited by Martin Hershock, associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Michigan, Dearborn.
Finkelman is the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow in the Government Law Center at Albany Law School.
Each year's Michigan Notable Books list features 20 books published the previous calendar year that are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region or are written by a native or resident of Michigan. Selections include nonfiction and fiction and typically have a wide appeal to the audience, covering a range of topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents.
Finkelman is the author or editor of over 25 books and has published more than 100 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).