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College of Law Professor Publishes New Casebook

New Casebook by Professor Douglas

Professor Josh Douglas, along with two co-authors, has published a brand new casebook, "Election Law and Litigation: The Judicial Regulation of Politics." The 846-page book offers a student-friendly, practical approach with carefully-designed pedagogical features. Its streamlined approach tracks the chronological order of an election, with significant focus on election administration, and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Professor Douglas has garnered national attention for his scholarship in the area of election law. He has published in top journals, including the Vanderbilt Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, and the Election Law Journal. His article Procedural Fairness in Election Contests was a winner of the 2011-12 SEALS Call for Papers, and he has been cited extensively in major law review articles and case books in the field. In addition, his media commentaries have appeared in Reuters, Politico, Huffington Post, and Slate, and he has been cited in major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Professor Douglas takes pride in publishing his first book so early in his career. Along with publishing law review articles, being cited by the Wyoming Supreme Court, and teaching his students, publishing this case book has been one of his biggest accomplishments during his four-year career.

“I'm so thrilled to be publishing a book – it's something I've wanted to do for a while,” says Professor Douglas. “It's also nice to be able to use my expertise to create a true teaching text, which I hope students will find very beneficial.”

Professor Douglas and his co-authors wrote this book with students in mind. It's unlike a lot of other case books in the way they present the material, and every aspect of the book is intended to be "student-friendly." Co-author Ned Foley of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law first started work on the book several years ago and initially laid the foundation. Professor Douglas joined the project in the spring of 2011, and co-author Mike Pitts, of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, came on at about the same time. The three of them have been working together on it for about three years.

“It was a lot of work, but it was well worth it to create a unique book that will help students learn and appreciate the fascinating world of election law,” says Douglas.

Professor Douglas and his co-authors are now at the beginning stages of planning an Election Law Treatise. It will have a more scholarly focus and will look in detail at election administration, or what they call "The Law of Voting."

Congratulations Professor Douglas, from all of us at the College of Law!

Professor Douglas is featured in UKNow, University of Kentucky News.