“Representing Justice”: Exciting Book & Website

December 8, 2010

The Yale Law Library is happy to announce an exciting book publishing event connected to our library, and an engaging web site created by our library related to the book.  The book is the long-awaited "Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms" by Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis, two of our faculty members.  It is the third book in the Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Reference, published by Yale University Press with Yale Law Librarian Fred Shapiro as the series editor.  Resnik and Curtis trace the development of public spaces dedicated to justice, and how this development has reflected and shaped the evolution of adjudication itself and the intimate relationship between the courts and democracy.  The book is visually stunning, with over 200 magnificent color illustrations.

To support "Representing Justice," Camilla Tubbs, Jason Eiseman and Mike Widener of the Yale Law Library have created a website, the first component of our Document Collections Center:  <http://documents.law.yale.edu/representing-justice>.    This website brings the work of Resnik and Curtis to life by connecting readers to fascinating images from the book and from related rare volumes in our library collection, links to library events and videos, and information about a "Representing Justice" course being taught this spring by Resnik and Curtis at the Law School.   

This project is one of many developed in the wake of the Yale Law Library's Strategic Plan to increase the importance of the library in the digital age.  Faculty and students here are deeply engaged in scholarship which requires library support, and in turn, the Law Library benefits from the expertise and knowledge base of the researchers who use, identify and support our collections.  The Yale Law School Library Document Collection Center will publish discrete collections of research material collected by the library.  Some collections are related to faculty publications the library worked on, some collections come from in-house digitization projects, and others have been collected as part of other law school projects.   All digitized collections are intended to make our unique content available to a wider audience.  We look forward to adding additional collections and enhancements in the future, including a powerful cross-collection search. 

You may also view faculty and student publications in the YLS Scholarship Repository.

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