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The First Amendment

Erwin Chemerinsky


  • ISBN: 9781543804652

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  • Description

    From the same author of the highly successful Constitutional Law, Fifth Edition, a leading casebook in the field, The First Amendment by Erwin Chemerinsky provides a comprehensive and accessible review of speech and religion jurisprudence under the First Amendment (Chapters 9 and 10 of Constitutional Law, 5th Edition). With its concise, yet comprehensive presentation, The First Amendment presents the law solely through case excerpts and the author’s own essays, which make the law more readily understood through context and background information. The text’s flexible organization accommodates a variety of course structures so that no chapter assumes that students have read preceding material.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 11/20/2018
    Copyright: 2018
    Pages: 720
    Hardcover: 9781543804652

    Detailed Table of Contents (PDF Download)

    Summary of Contents

    The First Amendment
    The Constitution of the United States

    Part I. First Amendment: Freedom of Expression
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Freedom of Speech
    Chapter 2. Free Speech Methodology
    Chapter 3. Types of Unprotected and Less Protected Speech
    Chapter 4. What Places are Available for Speech?
    Chapter 5. Freedom of Association
    Chapter 6. Freedom of the Press

    Part II. The First Amendment: Religion
    Chapter 7. Introduction to the Religion Clauses
    Chapter 8. The Free Exercise Clause
    Chapter 9. The Establishment Clause

    Table of Cases

  • Author Information

    Erwin Chemerinsky

    Erwin Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.

    Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. Before that he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University from 2004-2008, and from 1983-2004 was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science. He also has taught at DePaul College of Law and UCLA Law School.

    He is the author of eleven books, including leading casebooks and treatises about constitutional law, criminal procedure, and federal jurisdiction. He is the author of Constitutional Law, The First Amendment, Criminal Procedure, and Federal Jurisdiction in the Aspen Casebook Series and Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies and Federal Jurisdiction in the Aspen Treatise Series.

    His most recent books are, We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century (Picador Macmillan) published in November 2018, and two books published by Yale University Press in 2017, Closing the Courthouse Doors: How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable and Free Speech on Campus (with Howard Gillman).

    He also is the author of more than 200 law review articles. He writes a regular column for the Sacramento Bee, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court.

    In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, National Jurist magazine again named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.


    B.S., Northwestern University (1975)
    J.D., Harvard Law School (1978)

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