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In the latest edition of After Hours: At 86, Robert Drinan — Jesuit priest, legal ethicist, and former congressman from Massachusetts — is going strong. Plus: gifts ideas for the lawyer who has everything, reviews of wines to be served during the holidays, and the latest book reviews….
Our Father With Democrats about to resume control of Congress, Father Robert Drinan is a happy man. But then Drinan, who turned 86 on Nov. 15, is perpetually happy, with a restless enthusiasm for life’s next challenge. The former Massachusetts congressman (1971 to 1981) still teaches classes on legal ethics and human rights at Georgetown University Law Center, writes books — 12 in all have been published — and travels often. by Tony Mauro
Trial of ‘Angelheaded Hipsters’ Before Lenny Bruce or George Carlin, there was Allen Ginsberg. Before comic “obscenity,” there was poetic “obscenity.” Before the suppression of Bruce’s “To Is a Preposition, Come Is a Verb” (a ribald wordplay skit that got him busted) and the regulation of Carlin’s “seven dirty words” (“Those are the ones that will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands”), there was the prosecution of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” by Ronald K.L. Collins and David M. Skover
Whether Ends Justify Means I picked up John Yoo’s new book, War by Other Means: An Insider’s Account of the War on Terror, hoping to find a thoughtful appraisal of the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism strategy by one of its legal architects. Instead, I found an ill-tempered outpouring of self-justification, in which the implications of the administration’s strategy go unexamined. by David H. Remes
Sometimes Freud Is Just Freud With The Interpretation of Murder, Jed Rubenfeld joins the ranks of highly paid novelists on the Yale Law School faculty. With the kind of financial investment received, it raises an obvious question: Was the result worth it? The answer seems to be no. by Rodger D. Citron
Dispatches from the Judicial Front You’ll find little grounds for optimism about the potential for a truce between the White House and the Democratic-controlled Senate in Benjamin Wittes’ new book, Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times. by Seth Stern
Gifts for the Lawyer Who Has Everything It’s tough buying gifts for that certain group of folks that includes in-laws, bosses, and out-of-work neighbors who show up every year on Christmas morning. It’s in honor of those gift receivers that we’re pleased to introduce our first annual but never-to-be-repeated “Gift Guide for People You Don’t Really Like but Are Obliged to Buy a Gift for and Also Happen to Be Lawyers.” by Jason McLure
A Bit of Bubbly for the Season One question I frequently hear at this time of year is, “What wine should I serve to celebrate at my holiday party?” My normal advice is, “The best sparkling wine that your guests deserve.” Why? Because sparkling wine is festive, it goes with almost any kind of food, and the bubbles tickle my nose. But the more pressing question is: What particular wine? by Phillip Dub�

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