Author Archive for David R. Papke

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 | No Comments »

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 »

Storytelling for Lawyers

Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Category: Legal Practice, Legal Profession, Legal Writing, Public | 1 Comment »

An excellent primer on narrative theory for lawyer-storytellers has now appeared. I refer to Philip N. Meyer’s recently published Storytelling for Lawyers (Oxford University Press, 2014), which is available in ... Read more »

The Sources of Anti-Gay Sentiment in Uganda

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Category: International Law & Diplomacy, Popular Culture & Law, Public, Religion & Law | No Comments »

American politicians and journalists have sharply criticized Uganda’s apparent hostility toward gay men and lesbians. When in February Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill imposing harsh criminal ... Read more »

Polarization or Social Control in Metropolitan Milwaukee?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Category: Milwaukee, Public, Race & Law | 7 Comments »

As a person who has always considered the City of Milwaukee to be home, I find Craig Gilbert’s ongoing study of political polarization in the metropolitan area to be both ... Read more »

A History of the Mug Shot

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Legal History, Privacy Rights, Public | 4 Comments »

Some of the very earliest photographs from the late 1830s are of alleged and/or convicted criminals, and law enforcement officials used photographs of criminals in Belgium as early as the ... Read more »

Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States”

Sunday, August 11th, 2013
Category: Legal History, Political Processes & Rhetoric, Public | 2 Comments »

For over twenty years, I have enjoyed reading and assigning Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States.” I especially like Zinn’s efforts to see history “from the bottom ... Read more »

The Societal Backdrop of the Martin/Zimmerman Tragedy

Friday, July 19th, 2013
Category: Popular Culture & Law, Public | No Comments »

Not surprisingly, the killing of Trayvon Martin and trial of George Zimmerman have prompted much reflection on race-related assumptions and tensions in the U.S. It might also be appropriate to ... Read more »

Race, Gender and the Zimmerman Trial

Monday, June 24th, 2013
Category: Civil Rights, Criminal Law & Process, Public, Race & Law | No Comments »

Now that the selection of the jury has been completed, the trial of George Zimmerman for shooting African American teenager Trayvon Martin is even more likely to be the most ... Read more »

Usufructuary Rights and the Chippewa

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Category: Environmental Law, Public | 1 Comment »

I am only kidding when I tell my Property students that using the word “usufruct” on their finals will yield extra credit, but I am in fact intrigued by the ... Read more »

Residency Requirements and the Sense of Community

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Category: Milwaukee, Public | 3 Comments »

Ray Papke, my late father, was a maintenance man for Milwaukee Public Schools and proud of it. He had no quarrel with the requirement that City of Milwaukee employees live ... Read more »

Trusts & Estates and the “Businesslike” Practice of Law

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Category: Legal Education, Legal Ethics, Legal Practice, Public | 9 Comments »

In 1980, I had the opportunity to interview Louis Auchincloss. Known for his novels about New York’s traditional elite, Auchincloss also maintained a successful and sophisticated trusts and estates practice. ... Read more »