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Constitutional Law: A Context and Practice Casebook

by Lori A. Ringhand David S. Schwartz

This innovative casebook takes constitutional law beyond the realm of academic theory and enables students to approach the topic as practicing attorneys as well as legal thinkers. The classic cases are presented, but instructors also are given the opportunity to use practice problems, in-depth case studies, and non-case materials to explore the richness of constitutional decision making as it actually occurs in today's world. An array of "the constitution outside the courts" materials are provided, such as opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel, Congressional debates about judicial selection, and political science scholarship about judicial decision making. A full teacher's manual with electronic teaching notes is included, as are suggested syllabi for teaching the material as either a single comprehensive course or in a two-course package separating federalism and structural issues from civil rights and liberties. This book is part of the Context and Practice Series, edited by Michael Hunter Schwartz, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Development, Washburn University School of Law.

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change

by Jr. Paul M. Collins Lori A. Ringhand

Before Supreme Court nominees are allowed to take their place on the High Court, they must face a moment of democratic reckoning by appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Despite the potential this holds for public input into the direction of legal change, the hearings are routinely derided as nothing but empty rituals and political grandstanding. In this book, Paul M. Collins and Lori A. Ringhand present a contrarian view that uses both empirical data and stories culled from more than seventy years of transcripts to demonstrate that the hearings are a democratic forum for the discussion and ratification of constitutional change. As such, they are one of the ways in which 'We the People' take ownership of the Constitution by examining the core constitutional values of those permitted to interpret it on our behalf.

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