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Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking: Cases and Materials, Seventh Edition

Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin, Akhil Reed Amar, Reva B. Siegel


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    Publication Date: 2/22/2018
    Hardcover + CasebookConnect: 9781454887492
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    Summary of Contents

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    Preface (PDF Download)


    Editorial Note
    The Constitution of the United States

    Chapter 1 The Bank of the United States: A Case Study
    Chapter 2 The Constitution in the Early Republic
    Chapter 3 Are We a Nation? The Jacksonian Era to the Civil War, 1835-1865
    Chapter 4 From Reconstruction to the New Deal: 1866-1934

    Chapter 5 The New Deal and the Civil Rights Era
    Chapter 6 Federalism, Separation of Powers, and National Security in the Modern Era
    Chapter 7 Race and the Equal Protection Clause
    Chapter 8 Sex Equality
    Chapter 9 Liberty, Equality, and Fundamental Rights: The Constitution, the Family, and the Body
    Chapter 10 The Constitution in the Modern Welfare State

    Table of Justices
    Table of Cases

  • Author Information

    Akhil Reed Amar

    Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He received his B.A, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, Professor Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Along with Dean Paul Brest and Professors Sanford Levinson, Jack Balkin, and Reva Siegel, Professor Amar is the co-editor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking. He is also the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (Yale Univ. Press, 1997), The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (Yale Univ. Press, 1998), America’s Constitution: A Biography (Random House, 2005), and most recently, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012).

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    Sanford V. Levinson

    Sanford Levinson, who holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, joined the University of Texas Law School in 1980. Previously a member of the Department of Politics at Princeton University, he is also a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. The author of approximately 400 articles, book reviews, or commentaries in professional and popular journals--and a regular contributor to the popular blog Balkinization--Levinson is also the author of four books: Constitutional Faith (1988, winner of the Scribes Award); Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies (1998); Wrestling With Diversity (2003); and, most recently, Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It)(2006); and, most recently, Framed: America's 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance (2012). The Yale University Press will be publishing in 2015 a collection of 85 short essays on each of the 85 Federalist papers.

    Edited or co-edited books include a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (6th ed. 2014, with Paul Brest, Jack Balkin, Akhil Amar, and Reva Siegel); Reading Law and Literature: A Hermeneutic Reader (1988, with Steven Mallioux); Responding to Imperfection: The Theory and Practice of Constitutional Amendment (1995); Constitutional Stupidities, Constitutional Tragedies (1998, with William Eskridge); Legal Canons (2000, with Jack Balkin); The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion (2005, with Batholomew Sparrow); and Torture: A Collection (2004, revised paperback edition, 2006), which includes reflections on the morality, law, and politics of torture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, as well as a forthcoming volume of essays to be published by the University of Kansas Press on ''neo-nullificationism and -secessionism'' in contemporary political and constitutional thought. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association in 2010.

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    Jack M. Balkin

    Jack M. Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. Professor Balkin received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Cambridge University, and his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University. He served as a clerk for Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
    Professor Balkin writes political and legal commentary at the weblog Balkinization. He is the founder and director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and the new information technologies. His books include Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology, The Laws of Change: I Ching and the Philosophy of Life, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (5th ed., with Brest, Levinson, Amar and Siegel), Legal Canons (with Sanford Levinson), What Brown v. Board of Education Should Have Said, and What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said.

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    Paul Brest

    A leading scholar and teacher of constitutional law and co-author of the casebook Processes of Constitutional Decision-Making, Paul Brest now focuses on judgment and decision making and philanthropy. He is the co-author of Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (2010) and Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (2008).

    Professor Brest joined the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969 and served as dean from 1987 to 1999 before becoming president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2000. He returned to Stanford Law School in 2012, where, as an emeritus professor recalled to active duty, he is teaching Judgment and Decision-Making at the Law School and Impact Investing and Managing to Outcomes at the Graduate School of Business. Professor Brest is also collaborating with Professor Deborah Hensler in designing a law and public policy laboratory at Stanford Law School.

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    Reva B. Siegel

    Professor Reva Siegel is the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Siegel’s writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution—themes addressed recently in articles including: &"The Supreme Court, 2012 Term -- Foreword: Equality Divided,” 127 Harv. L. Rev. 1 (2013); &"The Constitutionalization of Abortion” in Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (Rosenfeld & Sajo eds. 2012); &"Before (and After) Roe v. Wade: New Questions About Backlash,” 120 Yale L.J. 2028 (2011) (with Linda Greenhouse); &"From Colorblindness to Antibalkanization: An Emerging Ground of Decision in Race Equality Cases,” 120 Yale L.J. 1278 (2011); &"Dead or Alive: Originalism as Popular Constitutionalism in Heller,” 122 Harv. L. Rev. 191 (2008). Her books include: Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Linda Greenhouse, 2012); The Constitution in 2020 (edited with Jack M. Balkin, 2009); and Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (with Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin & Akhil Reed Amar, 6th ed. forthcoming 2014).

    Professor Siegel received her B.A., M.Phil, and J.D. from Yale University, clerked for Judge Spottswood Robinson on the D.C. Circuit, and began teaching at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary fellow of the American Society for Legal History, and serves on the board of the American Constitution Society and as faculty advisor of Yale’s chapter.

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