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Full Court Press: How Pat Summitt, a High School Basketball Player, and a Legal Team Changed the Game

In his latest book, Bill has teamed up with a brilliant young writer—Amanda Swanson—to tell the story of a game-changing lawsuit, Victoria Cape v. the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Filed and tried in the 1970s, this landmark case under Title IX challenged the archaic rules that once confined female basketball players to a half-court game. The star witness at the trial was a young Pat Summitt who would go on to be the greatest women’s basketball coach in the history of the game. Bill and Amanda tell the story of how Pat, a brave young high school player, and their lawyers scored an historic victory for female athletes, not on a basketball court, but in a courtroom!

Click here to listen to Bill and Amanda discuss Full Court Press on WUOT's All Things Considered.

Available November 20, 2018.

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Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker
Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker

Bill Haltom’s definitive guide to the quintessential Southern fabric covers all things seersucker. From the origins and history of the seersucker suit to the many different ways, places, and reasons people wear it, Milk & Sugar has it all. 

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The Other Fellow May Be Right: The Civility of Howard Baker
The Other Fellow May Be Right: The Civility of Howard Baker

A tribute to the late Senator Howard Baker, a great leader whose civility brought adversaries together to find solutions to our nation's problems. In the current political environment, civility is going the way of the dinosaur, as many of our leaders argue for the sake of argument and accuse for the sake of advantage. Consequently, public governance has become dysfunctional. Senator Baker's civil life remains a model of what our leaders could accomplish by always reminding themselves that the other fellow may be right!

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Some Assembly Required: A Daddy's Christmas Book
Some Assembly Required: A Daddy's Christmas Book

Bill's Christmas book is the perfect stocking stuffer for Dad!  While batteries are not included, no assembly is required, and it will last longer than a fruitcake!

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Daddies: An Endangered Species
Daddies: An Endangered Species

Guild Bindery Press, 1996) –Bill’s tribute to a vanishing breed, old-fashioned dads, made the Oxford American’s Southern Bestsellers list. Although written in the last century, it still makes a great Father’s Day gift.

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No Controlling Legal Authority: Essays on the Insignificant Legal Issues of Our Times
No Controlling Legal Authority: Essays on the Insignificant Legal Issues of Our Times

(TBA Press, 2005)—“After fierce debate, the Tennessee Supreme Court in a split decision declined to make this book binding precedent. Nevertheless, the Court unanimously held that as a matter of law this book is funny.”—Chief Justice Frank F. Drowota, III, Tennessee Supreme Court, in a landmark decision.

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In Search of Hamilton Burger: The Trials and Tribulations of a Southern Lawyer
In Search of Hamilton Burger: The Trials and Tribulations of a Southern Lawyer

(TBA Press, 2000)—Los Angeles District Attorney Hamilton Burger had the longest losing streak in the history of American jurisprudence. He lost one nationally-televised jury trial each week to Perry Mason for ten consecutive years. Nevertheless, he is Bill’s hero! In 2000, this book won the “Luminary Award” presented by the National Association of Bar Executives as the outstanding bar association publication of the year.

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