Author Archive for David R. Papke

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 »

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 | 8 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 »