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The First Amendment: Cases and Theory

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Second Edition

Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr., University of Alabama
Christina E. Wells, University of Missouri
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, University of Florida
Steven G. Gey, Late of Florida State

2013.  1,032 pages.  ISBN: 978-14548-0700-1.

With Teacherís Manual.

About the Book

The First Amendment: Cases and Theory presents the Supreme Court's evolving tests, standards, and approaches to the Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition, and the Religion Clauses in historical context through lightly edited cases. Engaging problems help students apply legal concepts in real situations. All the major contemporary free speech controversies are covered, including conflicts between free speech and national security, equality, civility, and other values, with particular attention to how these conflicts are playing out in the Internet context. The First Amendment Cases and Theory is teachable in a standard three-hour survey course and useful as a casebook for specialized offerings on the Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition Clauses, or the Religion Clauses.

The Second Edition features major First Amendment cases that have come down since 2007, including Arizona Free Speech Club v. Bennett; Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association; Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission; Davis v. Federal Election Commission; Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project; Salazar v. Buono; Snyder v. Phelps; Sorrell v. IMS Health; United States v. Stevens; United States v. Williams; and many more. New issues of First Amendment law such as The Stolen Valor Act are included in a refined presentation, strategically edited for greater clarity.


Hallmark features of The First Amendment: Cases and Theory:

  • cases and developments in doctrine presented in historical context 
  • comprehensive coverage of all major First Amendment cases and doctrines, including materials on both expressive freedoms and also on the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses
  • engaging problems help students apply legal concepts
  • addresses major contemporary free speech controversies 
  • conflicts between free speech and national security
  • free speech and equality
  • free speech and the Internet
  • brief chapter overviews introduce main themes and doctrines to improve student learning from cases
  • flexible use
  • teachable in a standard three-hour survey course 
  • use as casebook for specialized offerings on the Speech, Press, Assembly, Petition Clauses, or Religion Clauses
Thoroughly updated, the revised Second Edition presents:

  • major First Amendment cases that have come down since 2007:
  • Arizona Free Speech Club v. Bennett 
  • Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association 
  • Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission 
  • Davis v. Federal Election 
  • Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project 
  • Salazar v. Buono 
  • Snyder v. Phelps 
  • Sorrell v. IMS Health 
  • United States v. Williams 
  • and many more
  • new issues of First Amendment law (e.g., the Stolen Valor Act)
  • refined material through strategic edits