Author Archive for David R. Papke

Bill Cosby and American Popular Culture

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Media & Journalism, Popular Culture & Law, Public, Race & Law | No Comments »

Bill Cosby has made two distinctly different splashes in American popular culture.  He starred in “The Cosby Show” (1984-92), a sitcom that was America’s most highly rated television show for ... Read more »

R.I.P. Gregg Allman (1947-2017)

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Category: Popular Culture & Law, Public, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

It is my impression that a good rock ‘n roll band can help a lot in law school.  If listened to at the “appropriate” volume, the band can reduce the ... Read more »

Alexander Hamilton as Attorney

Monday, March 20th, 2017
Category: Legal History, Public | 2 Comments »

The extraordinary success of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” has spiked renewed interest in the accomplishments of the actual Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804). And indeed, Hamilton was a genuine military hero in ... Read more »

America’s First Law School

Monday, September 5th, 2016
Category: Legal Education, Legal History, Legal Profession, Public, Uncategorized | No Comments »

I had the opportunity in August to spend a day at the Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut.  Although several universities enrolled students in law departments during the final decades ... Read more »

Donald Trump and the Belief in Law

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Category: Judges & Judicial Process, Political Processes & Rhetoric, Public, Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Among Donald Trump’s many provocative statements, his recent claims that a specific federal judge with a “Mexican heritage” and Muslim judges in general would be biased against him have apparently ... Read more »

For Sale: George Zimmerman’s Property

Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Category: Public, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Most law school classes in Property begin with the venerable bundle of sticks metaphor.  The “bundle” includes those rights and interests held by the owners of property.  The assorted “sticks” ... Read more »

R.I.P. Harper Lee (1926-2016)

Friday, February 19th, 2016
Category: Popular Culture & Law, Public | No Comments »

American letters lost one of its legendary figures when Harper Lee died at 89 on February 19.  Lee’s beloved To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in ... Read more »

Atticus Finch Revisited

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Category: Civil Rights, Popular Culture & Law, Public | No Comments »

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has an undeniably odd publication history. Ms. Lee wrote the novel in the 1950s, well before she wrote and published her beloved To Kill ... Read more »

A Different Perspective on Sir Thomas More

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
Category: Legal History, Political Processes & Rhetoric, Public | 1 Comment »

Next year is the quincentennial of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia, and celebrations of the book and its author have already begun. More, of course, is a darling of ... Read more »

Narrative and Social Control

Sunday, September 6th, 2015
Category: Civil Rights, Criminal Law & Process, Media & Journalism, Political Processes & Rhetoric, Public, Race & Law | No Comments »

In recent decades, awareness of narrative and of stories in general has increased in many fields and academic disciplines, law included.  However, it is nevertheless surprising to see that even ... Read more »

The Rule of Law in the United States

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
Category: Political Processes & Rhetoric, Public | 6 Comments »

The highly regarded World Justice Project, an independent organization in Washington, D.C. that promotes the rule of law, has used 47 indicators organized around nine themes to generate a so-called ... Read more »

Stanley Kutler, American Legal Historian

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Category: Legal History, Public | No Comments »

The obituaries for Stanley Kutler, a retired University of Wisconsin professor who passed away on April 7, tended to stress Kutler’s large role in obtaining public access to the Nixon ... Read more »