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Constitutional Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems, 4E

Front Cover - Constitutional Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems, 4E

Fourth Edition

Russell Weaver
University of Louisville

Steven Friedland
Elon University

Catherine Hancock
Tulane University

Bryan Fair
University of Alabama

John Knechtle
Florida Coastal School of Law

Richard Rosen
Texas Tech

2016.  XXX pages.  ISBN: 978-1-4548-7381-5.

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About the Book

Constitutional Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems is designed as a “teacher’s book” by stimulating thought, inviting discussion, and helping professors effectively teach. Its thought-provoking problem approach encourages students to delve deeper into constitutional doctrine and gives them an accessible and interesting way to learn constitutional issues. Problems at the beginning of each chapter are referenced throughout the text for continuity. Principal constitutional law cases are edited as lightly as possible to allow the Supreme Court to speak for itself, and shorter notes accompany the problems. A detailed Teachers’ Manual gives insights into the problems and cases in the text.


New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Updated to address recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, including: Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus (2014); NLRB v. Canning (2014); Texas v. United States (2016); Zivotofsky v. Kerry (2015); Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder (2013); Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle (2016); McBurney v. Young (2013); Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District (2013); Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013); United States v. Windsor (2013); Obergefell v. Hodges (2015); Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (2016); Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2016); Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc. (2013); Reed v. Town of Gilbert (2015); John Walker, III v. Texas Division, Sons Of Confederate Veterans, Inc. (2015); Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (2014); Zubik v. Burwell (2016). 
  • Revised Notes and Question address all scholarly perspectives on the constitutional issues presented and provide starting points for classroom discussion about the social, political, and doctrinal ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decisions.  
  • Online Roadmap and Points to Remember Sections distill the significance for the various decisions, provide students with key takeaways on constitutional doctrine, and offer guidance on how seemingly discrete issues of constitutional law fit together.  
Casebook Benefits: 

  • Lightly edited cases – cases are lightly-edited to provide instructors and students full analysis to examine.
  • Teachers’ Manual – comprehensive and easy-to-use teachers’ manual provides useful insights and discussion points. 
  • Diverse Perspectives – text draws from diverse perspectives on constitutional interpretation, federalism, and public policy.   

Preface / Sample Chapters