Joseph G. Cook and John L. Sobieski, Jr., both professors at the College of Law, published the most recent revision of their authoritative seven-volume treatise on civil rights law, Civil Rights Actions, in December 2010. This marks the fiftieth release of this nationally recognized work, which was first published in 1983 by Matthew Bender and, more recently, in print and online form by LexisNexis, both leading legal publishers.
Civil Rights Actions is widely considered the most in-depth coverage of civil rights law. It includes the history of civil rights law and legislation, and addresses a range of important and controversial topics, including equal rights under the law, employment discrimination, prisoners’ rights, age discrimination, fair housing, voting rights, and the rights of Americans with disabilities. The co-authors revise the treatise twice annually to reflect the many judicial opinions federal and state judges hand down each year and any amendments to the relevant statutes.
Professor Cook, who is the Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor of Law, teaches courses in constitutional law, contracts, criminal procedure, and jurisprudence, and previously served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Law. Professor Sobieski, the Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor of Law, teaches civil procedure, civil rights actions, complex litigation, conflict of laws, and federal courts, and formerly served the College of Law as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and as Interim Dean. They have a combined 84 years of service at the College.
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