C.J. William Rehnquist carved into a pumpkin

Yes, that is C.J. William Rehnquist carved into a pumpkin. Be very afraid.

There is certainly no better day of the year than this one to connect the dots between lawyers and the underworld. And no, I don’t mean the Mafioso.

Happy Halloween. Perhaps I should have waited until today to share the story about an ASU Law School professor who chose to examine the relation between zombies and the tax code. But that tale already walks the earth, and I won’t dig it up again. (But if you missed it, here it is. Click at your own peril.)

If you read that haunting tale and still have a wooden stake you’re aching to use, then turn to this fascinating tale about a law professor (what’s up with the law professors?) named Victoria Sutton and her new book, titled Halloween Law: A Spirited Look at the Law School Curriculum.

zombie apocalypse death and taxesIn it, Sutton “examines the scarier side of first year law school subjects like torts, property and criminal law.”

You can read all about her attempt to terrorize the already terrified in this great blog post by John G. Browning.

As the ghoulish professor notes:

“I thought I might do something on vampires and the law,” says Sutton, “[b]ut there wasn’t enough variety.  But in my research I noticed a great number of cases revolving around Halloween, and it occurred to me the subject areas fell into the same categories we teach in the first year of law school.”

Halloween Law by Victoria Sutton

Many of us need only read “first year of law school” to begin uttering, “The horror, the horror.” But for those hearty souls who want to enter the dark cavern, push aside the cobwebs, and perhaps find a treasure (or at least a Halloween Snickers), here is where you may find Sutton’s volume of unspoken woe.

Be strong, and here’s hoping all your candy bars are full-sized.

Ipso Facto Beer Halloween

Speaking of strong: Yes, that is Ipso Facto Halloween-ish brew. Don’t judge.