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- By Mark C. Alexander. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 1st ed.
"This efficient book takes the complex subject matter of Constitutional Law and makes it easier to understand and digest. World-renowned Seton Hall Law Professor Mark Alexander carefully explains the key concepts involved in Con Law and also brings it home with straightforward explanations of why you are reading and discussing the cases you are assigned every day. The subject matter runs the gamut from Marbury v. Madison and the structural side of the course to Due Process and Equal Protection." - from the publisher
- By Lloyd Bonfield. Published by Thomson West. 2006. 1st.
An introduction to American law. This guide provides a clear and concise introduction to the American constitutional system, judiciary, civil and criminal law.
- By John Vile. Published by Rowman & Littlefield. 2013. 5th edition.
An introductory guide to the U.S. Constitution, includes annotations and citations to key court cases. This text also provides readers with a history into the events leading to its ratification, as well as additional documents including the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and list of Supreme Court Justices
- By Kermit Roosevelt. Published by Foundation Press. 2014. 2nd edition.
"This new addition to the Concepts and Insights series provides an analytical overview of the field of conflicts, explaining all major choice-of-law approaches in simple and straightforward text. Separate chapters explore discrete conflicts issues, including personal jurisdiction, recognition of judgments, family law, and state-federal conflicts including Erie and preemption. Extensive description and analysis of leading cases make this book an excellent companion to a casebook as well as a resource for practitioners." - from Amazon.com
- By Thomas Baker. Published by Thomson West. 2003. 2nd edition.
"This authoritative text provides a framework for understanding individual liberty and governmental power and the institutional role played by the U.S. Supreme Court. Coverage includes judicial review, commerce clause and state powers, federalism, separation of powers, congressional and executive powers, and individual civil rights and civil liberties. Includes diagrams that aid understanding of the fundamentals of our system of government." - from the publisher
- By Norman Vieira. Published by Thomson West. 1998. 3rd edition.
"Convenient and reliable source on constitutional civil rights. Written by a leading authority, Vieira's Constitutional Civil Rights provides comprehensive coverage on procedural and substantive due process; the right to be heard; suspect classification; specific interests; state action; and congressional enforcement. Text also addresses the essential issue of state action." - from the publisher
- By John Nowak. Published by Thomson West. 2009. 8th edition.
Nowak and Rotunda Hornbook on Constitutional Law, 8th. A detailed, up-to-date, and comprehensive analysis of American constitutional law.
- By Glenn Smith. Published by Wiley. 2011.
This text uses less technical language to break down the U.S. Constitution, as well as discuss how it has been interpreted through key court cases. While ideally written for students as a "supplement" to their undergraduate law coursework, this book would also be useful for professionals and the interested public.
- By Jerome Barron. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 8th.
"This new 8th edition of Constitutional Law in a Nutshell serves as an updated guide and summary of constitutional law. Expert authors summarize judicial review and its limits, national legislative powers, state power in American federalism, Congress and the executive power, due process of law, equal protection, freedom of expression and religion, state action, and controversial Supreme Court cases. For example, this edition features the opinions of the Justices of the Supreme Court opinions in the Affordable Care Act decision, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (2012). This edition discusses the impact of the decision on the law concerning the Taxing Power, the Spending Clause and the Commerce Clause. Also, highlighted are extensive case discussions illustrating the Supreme Court's continuing focus on the First Amendment. These cases include the funeral picketing case, Snyder v. Phelps (2011), the dog fight video case, United States v. Stevens (2010), the video games case, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association (2011) and a case dealing with the conflict between freedom of expression and national security, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project (2010). In short, landmark Supreme Court cases, past and present, in these and other areas of constitutional law are presented in a concise, comprehensive readable and informative way." - from the publisher
- Criminal Procedure and the Supreme Court : A Guide to the Major Decisions on Search and Seizure, Privacy, and Individual RightsBy Rolando Del Carmen. Published by Rowman & Littlefield. 2010.
The authors of this text aimed to compile a list of the top twenty court cases dealing with criminal procedure. They rank these cases on their importance as well as present facts, discuss decisions, update, and provide in-depth coverage. These cases deal with various aspects of the Fourth Amendment ranging from police investigatory practices to prosecutorial conduct at trial.
- By Victor Streib. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 4th.
"Streib’s Death Penalty in a Nutshell covers both the substantive and procedural law of capital cases, along with relevant history, jurisprudence, and constitutional law. It addresses: International issues, The complex role of defense counsel, Systemic bias, Execution of the innocent. All relevant data, including statutory and caselaw, provide a basis for broad exploration of academic and pragmatic issues for lawyers, law students, and others interested in the worst crimes committed by the worst offenders." - from the publisher
- By Daniel Tokaji. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 1st.
"Election law is a dynamic and quickly growing field that has garnered enormous public interest. It is a subject of great practical importance to lawyers and law students, with increasing litigation and several important decisions from the Supreme Court in recent years. Tokaji's Election Law in a Nutshell provides a succinct and thorough description of the law governing voting rights, elections, and the political process in the United States. The topics addressed include the fundamental right to vote, gerrymandering, minority voting rights, ballot access, voter identification, recounts, direct democracy, and campaign finance. The Nutshell covers the constitutional law in these areas, including rights of free speech and equal protection, as well as the Voting Rights Act and other essential statutes. It addresses Shelby County v. Holder and other cases from the 2012-13 Supreme Court Term." - from the publisher
- By John Vile. Published by Rowman & Littlefield. 2014.
Contains some of the most important Supreme Courts cases, briefing readers on the facts of the case, as well as providing key commentary. Cases are presented by topically and chronologically to the reader so they can best understand how these cases fit into the historical context.
- By Steven Feldman. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 5th edition.
"Summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation System (FARS), improper business practices and personal conflicts of interest, publicizing contract actions, outsourcing/privatization, and competition requirements. Addresses acquisition plans, contractor qualifications, contract delivery, and performance. Explains socio-economic policies, commercial items, options, sealed bidding, and negotiation. Reviews general contracting requirements, intellectual property, cost accounting standards, cost principles, financing, protests, disputes, and appeals. Explores research and development contracting, construction and architect-engineer contracts, inspection and warranty, value engineering, delays, suspension of work, modifications, subcontracting, and government contract termination." - from the publisher
- By Carlos Soltero. Published by University of Texas Press. 2006.
"To achieve justice and equal protection under the law, Latinos have turned to the U.S. court system to assert and defend their rights. Some of these cases have reached the United States Supreme Court, whose rulings over more than a century have both expanded and restricted the legal rights of Latinos, creating a complex terrain of power relations between the U.S. government and the country's now-largest ethnic minority. To map this legal landscape, Latinos and American Law examines fourteen landmark Supreme Court cases that have significantly affected Latino rights, from Botiller v. Dominguez in 1889 to Alexander v. Sandoval in 2001.
Carlos Soltero organizes his study chronologically, looking at one or more decisions handed down by the Fuller Court (1888-1910), the Taft Court (1921-1930), the Warren Court (1953-1969), the Burger Court (1969-1986), and the Rehnquist Court (1986-2005). For each case, he opens with historical and legal background on the issues involved and then thoroughly discusses the opinion(s) rendered by the justices. He also offers an analysis of each decision's significance, as well as subsequent developments that have affected its impact. Through these case studies, Soltero demonstrates that in dealing with Latinos over issues such as education, the administration of criminal justice, voting rights, employment, and immigration, the Supreme Court has more often mirrored, rather than led, the attitudes and politics of the larger U.S. society." - from the publisher
- By John Nowak; Ronald D Rotunda. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 4th edition.
"The authors, recognized authorities for over a third of a century, provide succinct and authoritative coverage of the major principles in modern American constitutional law. This book is a shortened version based on the authors' hornbook (popular with students) and their six-volume treatise (popular with judges, practitioners, and scholars).
It analyzes the constitutional issues studied today, and discusses the origins of judicial review and federal jurisdiction, federal commerce and spending powers, state powers in light of the dormant Commerce Clause, the war power, freedom of speech and religion, equal protection, due process, and other important individual rights and liberties. This book includes all major Supreme Court cases through July, 2010, including what may seem to be the ground breaking First Amendment decisions of the Roberts' Court." - from the publisher
- By Jennifer Friesen. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2006. 4th edition.
This title collects and compares constitutional case law from all 50 states, and contrasting prevailing federal rulings with more protective state decisions. It is a comprehensive guide to litigating state constitutional rights, addressing both the civil and criminal procedure rights protected by state constitutions, and offers in-depth analysis of related substantive and remedial issues.
- By Michael Arnheim. Published by Wiley. 2009.
Breaks down the U.S. Constitution for readers to understand more easily. The text begins with basic concepts, explores how it creates our government structure, discussing the Bill of Rights along with the other amendments added after 1791, and then concludes with discussing ten landmark Supreme Courts cases dealing with constitutional issues.
- By Mark Tushnet. Published by Yale University Press. 2014.
"In this surprising and highly unconventional work, Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet poses a seemingly simple question that yields a thoroughly unexpected answer. The Constitution matters, he argues, not because it structures our government but because it structures our politics. He maintains that politicians and political parties—not Supreme Court decisions—are the true engines of constitutional change in our system. This message will empower all citizens who use direct political action to define and protect our rights and liberties as Americans.
Unlike legal scholars who consider the Constitution only as a blueprint for American democracy, Tushnet focuses on the ways it serves as a framework for political debate. Each branch of government draws substantive inspiration and procedural structure from the Constitution but can effect change only when there is the political will to carry it out. Tushnet’s political understanding of the Constitution therefore does not demand that citizens pore over the specifics of each Supreme Court decision in order to improve our nation. Instead, by providing key facts about Congress, the president, and the nature of the current constitutional regime, his book reveals not only why the Constitution matters to each of us but also, and perhaps more important, how it matters." - from the publisher