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National Center for State Courts, Justice Case Files: The Case of Internet Piracy. 2007. Cost varies by quantity ordered. In an effort to improve the public's awareness and knowledge about how their courts work, the National Center for State Courts has developed a "graphic novel" that weaves together two stories-one civil and one criminal-to appeal to high school students and adults. It tells, in words and pictures, the story of a college freshman who has been charged with theft for downloading music, and her grandmother, who has received notice that her house is part of an eminent domain proceeding. Through the stories it is hoped readers will learn how judges make decisions, how courts work, and the important role courts play in a democratic society. The story lines and content were developed by judges and other legal professionals. The graphic novel is available for courts to distribute in jury rooms, for judges and court professionals to use as a speaking tool when addressing community groups, and for schools to use as a teaching tool.

To order, contact Greg Chadwell at 417-887-1233 or gregc@laynemorgan.com. For further information, contact Lori Montgomery at 757-259-1525 or lmontgomery@ncsc.dni.us.

Steven Flanders, editor, foreword by Justice Stephen Breyer, Celebrating the Courthouse: A Guide for Architects, Their Clients, and the Public. W.W. Norton. 2006. $60. With the aid of 200 illustrations, this book illuminates, for the diverse professionals and laypeople who plan and create courthouses, the issues that must be addressed to achieve an effective and satisfying building. …

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