Author Archive for David R. Papke

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
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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 »