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Constitutional Law: Cases in Context 2E

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Second Edition

Randy E. Barnett, Georgetown University 
Howard E. Katz, Elon University

2013.  Approx. 1,850 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-0692-9.

With Teacherís Manual.

About the Book

Constitutional Law: Cases in Context places primary emphasis on the story of how constitutional law has developed, its foundational principles, and recurring debates, rather than focusing simply on doctrinal details. Teachable, manageable, class-sized chunks of material are suited to one-semester courses or reduced credit configurations. Generous case excerpts make the text flexible for most courses, no matter the ideology or interpretative method. Cases are judiciously supplemented with background readings from various sources. Providing additional context, the readings are long enough to help students understand the arguments, and edited where necessary to prevent overwhelming them. Constitutional Law: Cases in Context represents rival interpretations of the Constitution by founders, presidents, and other critics of the Courtís decisions better than do many other casebooks. Study guide questions before each case help students focus on the salient issues, challenge them to consider the courtís opinions from various perspectives, suggest comparisons or connections with other cases, and invite the student to think about recurring foundational principles and debates. The text is accompanied by an in-depth Teacherís Manual and an annual case supplement.

The Second Edition welcomes Howard E. Katz, of Elon University and co-author of ďStrategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching: A Primer for New (and Not So New) Professors.Ē Greatly reduced and more tightly edited introductory material preserves and expands content while providing additional balance. The text is updated with the most recent cases throughout. Unique, concise coverage of the dormant commerce clause material helps clarify this often murky area. This allows the introduction of discriminatory intent and effects concepts in a less charged setting than race or gender material. A two-color design features an art program and boxed Study Guides, and the text is available in e-formats as well as print. The Second Edition is one of three volumes specifically tailored for the most common courses, replacing the common one-size-fits-all format. Constitutional Law: Cases in Context, is designed for use both in one-semester courses and in two-semester sequences devoted to structure and rights. Constitutional Structure: Cases in Context (approx. 750 pages, ISBN: 978-1-4548-1563-1) covers the history of the evolution of constitutional law plus the roles the constitution gives to the branches of our government. Constitutional Rights: Cases in Context  (approx. 950 pages, ISBN: 978-1-4548-1561-7) covers the history of the evolution of constitutional law plus the protections and rights the Constitution establishes. Each specialized volume can be taught in its entirety in one-semester Con Law I or Con Law II courses.

Hallmark features of Constitutional Law: Cases in Context:

  • emphasis on the story of how constitutional law has developed, its foundational principles, and recurring debates, rather than on just doctrinal details
  • teachable, class-sized chunks 
  • manageable for professors and students
  • better suited to one-semester courses or reduced credit configurations
  • generous case excerpts for flexibility in teaching, no matter the approach 
  • cases supplemented with judicious background readings 
  • various sources provide context 
  • readings are long enough to help students to understand arguments 
  • edited where necessary to prevent overwhelming the reader
  • represents rival interpretations of the Constitution by founders, Presidents, and critics of the Courtís decisions 
  • includes study guide questions before each case
  • challenge students to consider the courtís opinions from various perspectives
  • direct the student to key aspects of the case 
  • encourage student to see points of disagreement among opinions 
  • suggest comparisons or connections with other cases 
  • explore recurring foundational principles and debates 
  • supplemented by an in-depth Teacherís Manual and an annual case supplement

Thoroughly updated, the revised Second Edition presents:

  • new co-author Howard E. Katz, of Elon University and co-author of ďStrategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching: A Primer for New (and Not So New) ProfessorsĒ 
  • greatly reduced, more tightly edited introductory material, preserving content and providing additional balance
  • introduces the most recent cases throughout 
  • unique, concise coverage of dormant commerce clause
  • helps a normally murky area to be taught efficiently 
  • allows introduction of discriminatory intent and effects concepts (in a less charged setting than race or gender material)
  • two-color design with an art program and boxed Study Guides
  • available in e-format as well as print
  • one of three volumes, replacing the common one-size-fits-all format:
  • Constitutional Law: Cases in Context is designed for use both in one-semester courses and two-semester sequences devoted to structure and rights
  • Constitutional Structure: Cases in Context: Parts I and II of the parent book
  • Constitutional Rights: Cases in Context: Parts I and III of the parent book
  • each specialized volume can be taught in its entirety in one-semester Con Law I or Con Law II courses