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Douglas Abrams - Author

About the Author

Douglas Abrams was for many years an editor at the University of California Press and HarperSanFrancisco. He is the coauthor on several books about love and sexuality. The Lost Diary of Don Juan is his first novel.

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Children and the Law in a Nutshell

Children and the Law in a Nutshell

Author: Douglas Abrams, Susan Mangold, Sarah Ramsey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2018

This thoroughly updated Nutshell follows the structure and format of the authors' popular casebook-Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy, and Practice. The authors have devoted entire chapters to the meaning of parent, civil and criminal abuse and neglect, the foster care system, adoption, medical decision-making, support and other financial responsibilities, protective legislation, and delinquency. Representation of children is covered throughout the book. Also treated for comparative purposes are several relevant international law issues, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, international child labor, and U.S. tobacco exports.

Children and The Law, Doctrine, Policy and Practice

Children and The Law, Doctrine, Policy and Practice

Author: Douglas Abrams, Susan Mangold Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2017

The authors have updated the popular casebook with new cases and materials that capture rapid changes in child advocacy and juvenile justice. The book continues its interdisciplinary emphasis, practical approach, and in-depth coverage of lawyering, child abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, status offenses, and delinquency. Chapters on children's rights and obligations, regulatory legislation, financial relationships, and medical decision-making permit flexible coverage. Notes following cases and article excerpts orient students and provide background for classroom discussion.

Effective Legal Writing A Guide for Students and Practitioners

Effective Legal Writing A Guide for Students and Practitioners

Author: Douglas Abrams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2016

The English language knows only two types of writing-good writing and bad writing. Good legal writing is good writing about a legal subject. From this core proposition, this compact book provides researching and writing lessons for 1L's, upper class law students, and practicing lawyers. Leading judges, lawyers, and literary figures help deliver many of the lessons.An early chapter covers the foundations of good legal writing, beginning with avid reading, maintaining personal and professional commitment to the client's interests, and learning the right to a reader. Also covered are such foundations as identifying the audience, scheduling, outlining, orienting readers, maintaining civility and professionalism, and adhering to bias-free writing.Later chapters concern researching, writing, editing, and dismantling barriers to effective written expression. Topics include the consequences of inadequate research; the four fundamentals of good legal writing (conciseness, precision, simplicity, and clarity); and reason and passion in persuasive writing. Chapters on editing and proofreading stress the writer's need to restrain pride of authorship that would stiffen resistance to constructive pre-publication input. Chapters treat three major barriers; misused jargon, acronyms, and footnotes.Chapters on Versatility describe how lawyers, if their personal and professional circumstances permit, can fulfill professional responsibility and achieve personal satisfaction by writing in such diverse forums as newspaper editorial pages, law reviews, bar association journals, and blogs.

Contemporary Family Law

Contemporary Family Law

Author: Douglas Abrams, Naomi Cahn, Catherine Ross, David Meyer Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2015

The fully updated fourth edition of this popular family law casebook engages students with the significant changes to the American family and the corresponding evolution of family law doctrine and policy. The book emphasizes that contemporary families take a variety of forms, including marital and nonmarital relationships, and that constitutional considerations play an increasingly important role in family law. The fourth edition preserves and builds on the approach of the earlier editions: presenting core substantive family law doctrine while also exploring ongoing and emerging policy debates and discussing the importance of cross-disciplinary collaborations with experts in fields such as psychology and accounting. The book introduces the myriad issues central to family law practice and to a lawyer's ethical and professional responsibilities. New cases have been substituted where appropriate, and the notes following each lead case, statute or article have been thoroughly updated. In addition, new Problems expand the number of opportunities for actively engaging students.Contemporary Family Law highlights the issues of professional and ethical responsibility that arise in family law, not only by using Problems that invite students to engage in role playing, but also by devoting separate chapters to legal ethics, alternative dispute resolution, and private ordering. While providing a grounding in the historical and contemporary regulation of marriage, the book also devotes chapters to nonmarital couples and to establishing parenthood. The book also emphasizes concrete aspects of legal practice and professional responsibility by, for example, including material at the end of the first chapter on shifting paradigms within family law practice and the roles of family lawyers, by addressing jurisdictional issues in one integrated chapter, and by presenting problems for discussion in each chapter that enable students to apply doctrine in real-life settings that lawyers face.Moreover, because child custody arrangements lead to some of the most acrimonious family disputes, this casebook devotes two chapters to custody: the first treats the initial custody decision, and the second explores continuing litigation concerning visitation, custody, and key childrearing decisions after the initial disposition, including disputes involving third parties such as cohabitants and grandparents. Both custody chapters include disputes involving nonmarital children.New and expanded material in the fourth edition includes full treatment of Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), the Supreme Court's ruling on the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry and to have every state recognize their marriage, and its ramifications throughout family law. This edition has added a separate chapter on nonmarital couples, including a section on domestic partnerships, civil unions, and other legal statuses in the wake of Obergefell extensive coverage of debt and family finances, reflecting the current economic climate, as well as new material on how taxes affect families; substantially updated discussion of the impact of gender in child custody decisions and the current legal status of shared parenting; an expanded Section on the Hague Convention; detailed discussion of new and emerging reproductive technologies; and major revisions to the chapter on child support (including recent data on the central role of child support in low-income families). The chapter on private ordering integrates the new Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act.Finally, the comprehensive 700-page teachers manual presents explanations and pedagogical strategies, including extended exercises, that will help new adopters design a rich course that meets their students' needs and aspirations. For professors who have already used the book, the manual provides support on how to integrate new material into their existing lectures.

Children and the Law in a Nutshell

Children and the Law in a Nutshell

Author: Douglas Abrams, Sarah H. Ramsey, Susan V. Mangold Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2015

This Nutshell follows the structure and format of the authors' casebook Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice. The authors have devoted entire chapters to the meaning of parent, abuse and neglect, the foster care system, adoption, medical decision-making, support and other financial responsibilities, protective legislation, and delinquency. Representation of children is covered throughout the book. Also treated for comparative purposes are several relevant international law issues, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, international child labor, and U.S. tobacco exports to children overseas.

Selling the Old-time Religion American Fundamentalists and Mass Culture, 1920-1940

Selling the Old-time Religion American Fundamentalists and Mass Culture, 1920-1940

Author: Douglas Abrams Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2001

A cultural history of fundamentalism's formative decades; Protestant fundamentalists have always allied themselves with conservative politics and stood against liberal theology and evolution From the start, however, their relationship with mass culture has been complex and ambivalent Selling the Old-Time Religion tells how the first generation of fundamentalists embraced the modern business and entertainment techniques of marketing advertising, drama, film, radio, and publishing to spread the gospel Selectively, and with more sophistlcation than has been accorded to them, fundamentalists adapted to the consumer society and popular culture with the accompanying values of materialism and immediate gratification. Selling the Old-Time Religion is written by a fundamentalist who is based at the country's foremost fundamentalist institution of higher education. It is a candid and remarkable piece of self-scrutiny that reveals the movement's first encounters with some of the media methods it now wields with well-documented virtuosity. Douglas Carl Abrams draws extensively on sermons, popular journals, and educational archives to reveal the attitudes and actions of the fundamental leadership and the laity. Abrams discusses how fundamentalists' outlook toward contemporary trends and events shifted from aloofiness to engagement as they moved inward from the margins of American culture and began to weigh in on the day's issues - from jazz to flappers - in large numbers. Fundamentalists in the 1920s and 1930s were willing to compromise certain traditions that defined the movement, such as premillennialism, holiness, and defense of the faith, Abrams concludes, but their flexibility with forms of consumption and pleasure strengthened their evangelistic emphasis, perhaps the movement's core. Contrary to the myth of fundamentalism's demise after the Scopes Trial, the movement's uses of mass culture help explain their success in the decades following it. In the end fundamentalists imitated mass culture not to be like the world but to evangelize it.

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