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Among both judges and academics, one of the hottest issues in constitutional law is the role of "original intent." Almost everyone agrees that it is important, and some scholars and judges believe it should be the most important factor in constitutional law. To think about these issues intelligently, law students need to have ready access to the historical materials so they can see how the Framers of the Constitution thought about critical issues. Yet the original source materials fill many volumes. Writings by historians also fill many bookshelves. Just as the traditional casebook selects and condenses materials from the court reports to make them useful for law students, this book does the same thing for the historical evidence of original intent. There is no other source that covers this range of materials, combined with concise overviews of the best understanding of the historical context. Only this book gives students a cogent introduction to the history behind the Constitution and its major amendments, so they can form their own judgments about the "original understanding" and its relevance to modern constitutional law.
This law school casebook supplement reflects the major lines of Supreme Court authority, placing cases within an historical context and organizational framework appropriate for law students. Focuses on the structure of the Constitution and its reconstruction, both by amendment and by judicial interpretation. Does not cover the First Amendment. This supplement covers the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions from the current term, plus additional notes, questions, and review problems built around these cases and other developing areas of American Constitutional Law.
The second edition of this casebook introduces foreign students, most trained in code-based law, to the unique American mix of common law, statutory materials, and constitutional law. Strongly emphasizing American legal methods and the influence of American history and culture on law in the United States, the book provides a rich array of teaching resources covering both public and private law. Following introductory chapters that cover the relations between important sources of law (common law, statutes, and constitutional law, including the hierarchy of various forms of law), succeeding chapters cover the major topics in constitutional law, civil procedure and jurisdiction, and private law (contracts, torts, and corporations). The book is especially appropriate for schools attempting to meet the new Master of Laws teaching requirements of the N.Y. Bar, and its emphasis on legal methods also makes it suitable for assignment in college-level courses.
Contexts of the Constitution provides the primary documents that frame the fundamental principles of American constitutional government. The documents are arranged by principle, including the principles of constitutionalism, equality and federalism and taken from their original sources. Contexts of the Constitution gives teachers of constitutional law, political theory and American history a usefully arranged, ready and accurate text for use as a primary text or supplement. It gives students of constitutional law access to documents that are referenced to -- or at least the context of -- decisions they are reading. It gives students of political science and hi story a useful primary collection for understanding fundamental principles.
This title is a part of our CasebookPlus(tm) offering as ISBN 9781634595155. Learn more at CasebookPlus.com. Unlike most constitutional law books, this book does not assume that the students have any particular knowledge of American history, government, or law, so it begins with a rich introductory chapter to provide students with a necessary foundation for the rest of the material. Thereafter, it supplements the familiar cases with historical context and pictures and biographies of current and famous justices adjacent to their opinions. It makes the traditional canon accessible and enjoyable to the current generation. Easily covered over two semesters, the book manages through careful case selection to avoid drastic editing of all but the longest cases.

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