American Constitutional Law: Powers and Liberties

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Aspen Publishers, 2005 - Law - 1235 pages
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Instructors who use the traditional cases-and-notes approach to constitutional law but want a less dense, more accessible casebook find American Constitutional Law: Powers and Liberties provides the ideal foundation for their course. Revised, refined, and updated for its Second Edition, this concise and student-friendly casebook presents a thorough examination of fundamental questions of law and doctrine and engages students in careful consideration of crucial underlying issues.
Here is why so many of your colleagues rely on American Constitutional Law: Powers and Liberties:
brevity; at less than 1,300 pages, the book is considerably shorter than most others
strong and effective teaching book provides the basics of constitutional theory without dissolving into pure theory; rather, it provides a platform for extended discussion of theory and gives professors the opportunity to shape the discussion and develop issues
comprehensive coverage of all topics in an introductory survey course
minimal reliance on secondary materials; by omitting detailed treatment of academic commentary, the author achieves concise coverage
carefully-crafted hypotheticals challenge student thinking during class preparation and stimulate class discussion
abundant author-written text condenses some portions of constitutional law into narrative summaries
flexibility makes the book appropriate for either a four-unit, single-semester survey or a two-semester format
sensible organization presenting the overall issue or problem at the beginning of each part, chapter, and section, along with the relevant materials, followed by a tentative resolution of the issue
This Second Edition responds to both classroom experience and developments in the law:
important new cases include Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger (affirmative action), Virginia v. Black (hate speech and true threats -- the Virginia cross-burning case), Tahoe-Sierra (conceptual severance in regulatory takings), Legal Services Corp v. Velasquez (government sponsored speech), McConnell v. FEC (campaign finance speech restrictions), Republican Party v. White (restrictions on candidate speech), Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (school vouchers redeemable at religious schools), Locke v. Davey (marking the line between establishment and free exercise), Garrett and Hibbs (scope of the 14th Amendments enforcement power), and Lawrence v. Texas
updated or expanded hypotheticals and problems
modest reorganization of some sections
completely rewritten Teacher's Manual provides additional hypothetical problems and presents various classroom strategies, including alternative ways of teaching a topic or section

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Contents xi
B The Power to Review State Court Judgments

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CALVIN R. MASSEY, Associate Professor of Law, Hastings College of Law, teaches state constitutional law and American constitutional history and has written at length on constitutional issues.

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