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  1 Contemporary Supreme Court Cases: Landmark Decisions since Roe v. Wade | 2nd ed, 2 Vols.
Author: Lively, Donald E. CoAuthor: Broyles, D. Scott
Class: 342.73
Age: Adult
Language: English
LC: KF4550.Z
ISBN-13: 9781440837128
LCCN: 2015024843
Imprint: ABC-Clio
Pub Date: 02/22/2016
Availability: Available
List: $208.00
Physical Description: 2 volumes ; 26 cm
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TIPS Subjects: Law
BISAC Subjects: POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Judicial Branch
HISTORY / Africa / Central
LC Subjects: Constitutional law, United States, Cases
Constitutional law, United States, Popular works
Judgments, United States, Popular works
United States., Supreme Court, Popular works
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ONIX annotations | 08/21/2020
With its blend of accessible writing and actual excerpts from Court opinions, this book serves to explain the legal and cultural underpinnings of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions of the past 35 years-and to illuminate how these decisions have shaped the trajectory and character of modern American society. As the nation's law defines society, society defines the law. As the nation's fundamental law, the U.S. Constitution is the overarching statement of the people's will. Interpreting the Constitution, however, is no simple task. This book examines more than 100 landmark Supreme Court cases from 1973 to the present, providing readers with insights into decisions that have had a profound impact on American politics, commerce, culture, and life. Organized categorically, this book serves readers either as a comprehensive review of modern constitutional law or as a ready reference source. It includes entries on Supreme Court decision-making regarding high-interest issues such as abortion (Roe v. Wade, 1973; Gonzales v. Carthart, 2007), climate change (Massachusetts v. EPA, 2007), voting rights (Bush v. Gore, 2000), free speech (Texas v. Johnson, 1989), the death penalty (Roper v. Simmons, 2005), immigration (Arizona v. United States, 2012), campaign financing (Citizens United v. FEC, 2010), gun control (District of Columbia v. Heller, 2008), the Affordable Care Act (National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 2012), and gay marriage (United States v. Windsor, 2013). The book not only interprets key Court decisions but also provides critical context and perspective that makes the subject matter easier to understand and more meaningful, especially for readers without an extensive background in Constitutional law. Bibliographies are provided at the end of each case to direct those seeking to delve more deeply into specific topics. Provides comprehensive, objective, and accessible coverage of major Supreme Court decisions since the early 1970s Presents easy-to-understand breakdowns of competing perspectives on contemporary constitutional issues that illuminate divisions within the Court Places modern case law into historical perspective for readers of all levels of expertise Enables readers to appreciate that interpreting the U.S. Constitution is not simple, contrary to some political rhetoric regarding the document
Journal Reviews
Library Journal | 07/01/2016
In its second edition (the first was published in 2006), this title covers "landmark cases on the basis of their societal impact." Coauthors Lively (president, Arizona Summit Law Sch.; The Constitution, Race, and Renewed Relevance of Original Intent) and Broyles (law, Charlotte Sch. of Law; Criminal Law in the USA) state that using Roe v. Wade as a starting point was not a random choice and that the impact of the Warren Court and its decisions regarding civil rights creates the backdrop for their book (even though Warren Burger, not Earl Warren, was chief justice by this point). However, Roe is not mentioned until deep into the second volume. The book is divided into four sections: "Separation and Distribution of Powers," "Power To Regulate or Affect the Economy," "Equality Concepts," and "Individual Rights and Liberties." Entries include the case name, legal citation, question for the court, the author of the opinion, the vote, and excerpts from the opinion. The text moves between U.S. Reports cites and Supreme Court Reporter cites, which can be confusing to the nonlegal user. Some cases have no cite. The index is detailed and longer than the glossary, bibliography, and appendix combined. The glossary is brief, and the bibliography relies heavily on law reviews and journals. An alphabetical and chronological list of cases is provided in both volumes. VERDICT Despite the occasional typo and the unusual step of including the preface in the second book, the authors meet their goal of creating a work "relevant [and] accessible to a wide variety of audiences" without overdoing the legalese. Beth Bland, Milwaukee. 745p. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2016.