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American Constitutional Law: Powers and Liberties 5E

Front Cover - American Constitutional Law: Powers and Liberties 5E

Fifth Edition


(The Late) Calvin Massey
University of New Hampshire School of Law

2016. 1350 pages. 978-1-4548-6833-0. 

About the Book

Shorter than most Constitutional Law casebooks, American Constitutional Law: Powers and Liberties provides a broad survey of the field without overwhelming students. The basics of constitutional theory are presented without getting mired in highly theoretical discussions; cases are tightly edited to focus on the most important aspects; additional cases on select topics are condensed into narrative summaries; introductory text provides direction to students as they read and analyze the materials that follow; and the book focuses on cases and expository text rather than extensive academic commentary. Challenging hypotheticals are provided throughout the text for use as student self-assessments or to launch stimulating class discussions. This highly teachable book can be used for a one- or two-semester course and is easily adaptable to suit each professor’s preferences.

New to the 5th Edition:
• Significant edits throughout the book further shorten an already manageable book
• Addition of Zivotofsky v. Kerry on presidential powers over foreign affairs
• Addition of Obergefell v. Hodges on same-sex marriage
• Addition of Horne v. Department of Agriculture on the takings clause 
• Addition of two new cases on race-conscious university admissions policies: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action 
• Addition of Town of Greece v. Galloway on the Establishment Clause
• Addition of new voting rights case, Shelby County v. Holder
• Addition of first amendment case in the context of abortion rights, McCullen v. Coakley 
• Other recent cases are summarized in Notes, including: National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning (recess appointments); Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (mandates to provide contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act); and Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne (dormant commerce clause and state taxation of interstate commerce)

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