Now on Sale: Nathan Burney’s “Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law”

by Jamison Koehler on September 19, 2012

As a faithful reader of Nathan Burney’s law blog, I have long known Burney to be someone who knows a little bit about criminal law. It is not just that, as a Georgetown law student, he once worked under Kristin Henning’s supervision in defending juveniles accused of committing criminal offenses in D.C.  It is also that, as a former New York City prosecutor and now criminal defense attorney, he has spent years working in the trenches doing what most other people have only seen on TV.

What I did not know about Burney — until I saw portions of his Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law posted on his website – is that he is also very artistically gifted and that he is able to match these artistic talents with both wit and humor.  As the publishers of the completed guide point out, the Illustrated Guide is a “complete law school course that keeps the ‘laughter’ in ‘manslaughter.’”

The Guide, which is now available for order, should be required reading for anyone interested in learning about criminal law. In fact, it should be the first thing that is assigned to law students taking their first semester of criminal law.  As Scott Greenfield points out in the preface, after “reading Nathan’s magnus illustratum . . . , you will have a firm understanding of American criminal law.  Indeed, you may have a better grasp than most lawyers.”

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