Professor Douglas O. Linder, J.D.

Professor Douglas O. Linder
  • University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law
  • Stanford Law School
In life, we encounter a wide range of crucial issues–freedom of speech, the death penalty, and the meaning of equality. And the trials that grappled with, or failed to grapple with, these issues are often trials of enduring consequence.

Douglas O. Linder is the Elmer Powell Peer Professor of Law at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law. He graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College and from Stanford Law School. Professor Linder has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Iowa and Indiana University School of Law.

Professor Linder has published extensively in legal journals and books on such topics as great trials, legal history, constitutional law, and the legal profession. He has served as a consultant on numerous documentary film projects and theater projects involving historic trials. In addition, Professor Linder has published reviews of movies and books focused on historic trials and has lectured or participated in panel discussions considering the significance of various historic trials across the country, both at university campuses and professional gatherings.

In addition to being named a UKC Trustees Fellow, Professor Linder has received his law school’s highest teaching award (twice) and its highest publishing award (three times). For more than two decades, he has taught a seminar in famous trials using his own materials published on a website of his creation, the Famous Trials website. The website hosts the largest and most varied collection of original writings, images, and primary documents relating to 78 famous trials. It is the most-visited trial-related site on the Internet and has been the subject of a review in The New York Times.

Professor Linder is the coauthor of two books published by Oxford University Press, The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law and The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law. In addition, he has appeared in televised documentaries about great trials produced by HISTORY, AMC, PBS, Court TV, Discovery Networks, and A&E in addition to documentaries produced by Canadian and European production companies. He has appeared in televised interviews about great trials on CBS, CNN, Fox News, and other cable networks.

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  1. The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us

    The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us

    Douglas O. Linder
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    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $269.95 $149.95$269.95
    No understanding of the past is complete without an understanding of the legal battles that have shaped it. In The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us, Professor Douglas O. Linder takes you back in time to revisit history’s most famous (and infamous) trials, including the Salem Witch Trials, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the Nuremburg Trials, and the Trial of O. J. Simpson.
  2. (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach Set

    (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Take a unique look at two sets of historical lessons. Start with The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us, and take a new approach to military history with History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach.
  3. (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & Forensic History Set

    (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & Forensic History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Look at history through a new lens with this two-course set. Start by discovering how the judicial system has shaped our culture with The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us. Then, walk through famous cases in Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals, guided by a forensic anthropologist.
  4. (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & History of the Supreme Court Set on sale

    (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & History of the Supreme Court

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $569.00 Starting at $44.90 $75.90 $44.90$75.90
    Get an in-depth look at law with this two-course set. Start by reviewing The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us. Then, discover the fascinating evolution of our highest court with History of the Supreme Court.
  5. (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & The Surveillance State Set

    (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & The Surveillance State

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Discover where law and freedom overlap and contradict in this two-course set. Start by stepping back in time and studying The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us. Then, explore the benefits and consequences of modern technology with The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You.
  6. (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & Law School for Everyone Set

    (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & Law School for Everyone

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $434.90 Starting at $434.90 $789.90 $434.90$789.90
    Learn law like never before with this two-course set. Start by reviewing The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us. Then, master four of the most important subjects of first-year law education with Law School for Everyone.