Review: The Gay & Lesbian Review - May 1, 2011
From the Closet to the Courtroom deftly interweaves personal histories with accessible explanations of legal terminology…Carlos Ball’s careful account is valuable not only for its legal lessons but for its human stories.
Review: Choice Magazine - December 1, 2010
“While the gay and lesbian rights movement had its start in 1969 at the Stonewall in New York City, it has yet to have a book tell the story of its poster children and the legal struggles in which they fought. This volume amply fills this void...Well written, exciting, and fun to read. Excellent for collections on the law, gay and lesbian studies, and social change in the US…Highly recommended.”
Review by: Tracy Nectoux, Smile Politely - November 12, 2010
“From the Closet to the Courtroom is unhesitatingly recommended for anyone, gay or straight, who is interested in civil rights movements in this country. It is also recommended for law students planning to practice civil rights law. Finally, it is recommended for all LGBTQ people…We must learn our history, for that will ensure a more equal and safe future.”
Review: Colorado Accident Lawyer blog - November 1, 2010
“This is one of the most relevant books ever to our community…This book should become a basic text for college LGBT studies courses and is also valuable to students of LGBT law.”
Review: Anderson Library blog - November 1, 2010
“Instead of a regurgitation of the court decisions, the author explores the back stories of the cases, providing a human connection to the parties named in the lawsuits.”
Review: Find Law.com - October 5, 2010
“Unsurprisingly, Nabozny attempted suicide, multiple times, until his family moved to a different city. Years later, he sued the school district, contending that the school had violated his rights to equal protection on the basis of his gender and sexual orientation. More details on the case can be found in Carlos Ball's excellent book From the Closet to the Courtroom. Ball reports, for instance, that Nabozny's first lawyer wanted him to downplay the "gay" element to his bullying -- presenting his case as a harassment case, not an anti-gay harassment case in particular.”
Review: Library Journal - August 1, 2010
“This will be of particular interest as the California gay marriage case wends its way through the courts and “don’t ask, don’t tell” features prominently in the news.”
Review: Time Out New York - July 6, 2010
“In From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation writer Carlos A. Ball revels in a handful of important legal victories, while also delving deeply into the personal stories of each case, resulting in a richly textured account that is part history book, part colorful reportage.”
Review: Book Marks - July 5, 2010
“…this riveting book’s focus is on the parallel track of courtroom battles. The author blends lucid legal analysis, poignant portraits of the defendants and astute profiles of the attorneys involved in five cases.”
Review: California Lawyer - July 1, 2010
“Carlos A. Ball is a law professor who understands the human dimensions of gay rights impact litigation, and he writes with the eyes and ears of a journalist—at times even a novelist—as much as with the mind of a legal scholar…he offers lawyers an enlightening shift of focus, enabling us to understand who "makes law" in this country, and what motivates them to do so.”
Review: Lesbian/Gay Law Notes - June 1, 2010
"This should become a basic text for college LGBT studies courses and can be read with profit by all students of LGBT law, but it is also aimed at a more general audience and is recommendable to non-specialists as well."
Review: Publishers Weekly - March 22, 2010
"Ball approaches his subject with vigor and sensitivity and makes a poignant plea for justice."