Author Archive for David R. Papke

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 »

Karl Marx on Religion

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Category: Political Processes & Rhetoric, Public | No Comments »

Religious people sometimes express disdain for Karl Marx and his philosophies because he supposedly characterized religion as “the opiate of the masses.” It turns out that this isn’t exactly what ... Read more »

Big Tobacco Sues Uruguay

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Category: Business Regulation, Health Care, Public | 4 Comments »

Those who follow efforts to use law to reduce smoking will be aware the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found in R.J. Reynolds v. FDA, ... Read more »

The Most Popular Hollywood Law Movies

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Category: Popular Culture & Law, Public | No Comments »

The consensus among film critics seems to be that the “law movie” does not constitute a shaped genre comparable to the thriller or the romantic comedy. However, we can still ... Read more »

R.I.P., Gabriel Kolko (1932-2014)

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Category: Political Processes & Rhetoric, Public | 1 Comment »

I was saddened to read of the recent death of prominent historian Gabriel Kolko. He suffered from an incurable neurological disease and relocated to the Netherlands. He then took advantage ... Read more »