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Federal Jurisdiction, Seventh Edition

Erwin Chemerinsky


  • ISBN: 9781454876618

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    In Federal Jurisdiction, Seventh Edition, luminary author Erwin Chemerinsky unpacks the black letter law and underlying policy issues of his subject with the clarity and penetrating insight for which he is renowned. An accessible and thorough exposition of the laws, issues, and policies that determine the jurisdiction of federal courts— students know they can rely on Federal Jurisdiction to inform and enrich their understanding of the cases and materials covered in this course.

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    Page Count 1184
    Published 05/09/2016
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    Summary of Contents


    Chapter 1 Introduction: Historical Background and Contemporary Themes

    PART I Constitutional and Statutory Limits on Federal Court Jurisdiction
    Chapter 2 Justiciability: Constitutional and Prudential Limits on Federal Judicial Power
    Chapter 3 Congressional Control of Federal and State Court Jurisdiction
    Chapter 4 Congressional Power to Create Legislative Courts
    Chapter 5 The Subject Matter Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts
    Chapter 6 Federal Common Law

    PART II Federal Court Relief Against Governments and Government Officers
    Chapter 7 Suits Against State Governments: The Eleventh Amendment and Sovereign Immunity
    Chapter 8 Federal Court Relief Against Local Governments and State and Local Government Officers: 42 U.S.C. §1983
    Chapter 9 Federal Court Relief Against Federal Officers and the Federal Government

    PART III Federal Court Review of State Court Judgments and Proceedings
    Chapter 10 U.S. Supreme Court Review
    Chapter 11 Statutory Control of the Relationship Between Federal Courts and the States
    Chapter 12 Federal Court Abstention Because of Unclear State Law
    Chapter 13 Federal Court Abstention to Avoid Review of State Court Judgments or Interference with Pending State Proceedings
    Chapter 14 Abstention to Avoid Duplicative Litigation
    Chapter 15 Federal Court Collateral Review of Criminal Convictions: Habeas Corpus

    Appendix A The Constitution of the United States of America
    Appendix B Selected Federal Statutes

    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)