An Introduction to the American Legal System

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Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2010 - Law - 516 pages
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The Second Edition of this successful text, An Introduction to the American Legal System, continues to offer an accessible, practical overview of the American Legal System. It introduces students to legal concepts, procedures, and principles while giving them a solid grounding in important areas of substantive law as well as in legal history.

Among the features that make this text such an excellent teaching tool: organization into four parts progresses logically from the origins of the law through legislation and procedure Part I, Foundation of the Legal System, sets forth the fundamental concepts of the law and examines the historical development of the legal system Part II, Substance of the Law, provides an overview of constitutional law, criminal law, torts, property, contracts, business, and family law Part III, The Legal Process, surveys civil and criminal procedure Part IV, Legislative and Administrative Developments in the Law, covers legislation and administrative law concise "Cases in Point" illustrate the applicability of the law to real world issues capture student interest questions in every chapter stimulate thought and classroom discussion a strong pedagogy includes learning objectives, chapter outlines, and a glossary

New to the Second Edition: expanded coverage of torts and property law increased focus on crimes and criminal procedure new and expanded discussion of the PATRIOT Act, including new amendments and results of recent litigation, as well as material on terrorism and immigration offenses updated cases include new, hot-button cases, such as "Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Crawford v. Washington" on the admissibility of hearsay evidence in criminal cases an expanded section on battered woman syndrome and battered child syndrome Appendices on how to find the law and how to brief a case

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Chapter Z Structures of American Law

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About the author (2010)

John M. Scheb served as a municipal judge in Sarasota, Florida, from 1957 to 1959. From 1959 to 1970, he served as City Attorney for the city of Sarasota. In 1974 he was appointed to the Florida District Court of Appeal, second district, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. As an appellate judge, Scheb authored numerous opinions on a wide range of legal issues, and he published articles in "Judicature," the "Stetson Law Review," and the "Tennessee Law Review." He is also co-author of FLORIDA APPELLATE PRACTICE and ADVOCACY,4th Edition (2005), with Raymond T. Elligett, and AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM (2002), with John M. Scheb II. Until Judge Scheb served as a Senior Judge for the Florida Court System and Distinguished Professorial Lecturer at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, where he now is a Distinguished Professorial Lecturer, emeritus. He holds the B.A. from Florida Southern College, the J.D. from the University of Florida, and the LL.M. from the University of Virginia.

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