Law in the United States

Author: Charles Abernathy
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 0314267018
Release Date: 2016-05-13
Genre: Constitutional law

The second edition of this casebook introduces foreign students, most trained in code-based law, to the unique American mix of common law, statutory materials, and constitutional law. Strongly emphasizing American legal methods and the influence of American history and culture on law in the United States, the book provides a rich array of teaching resources covering both public and private law. Following introductory chapters that cover the relations between important sources of law (common law, statutes, and constitutional law, including the hierarchy of various forms of law), succeeding chapters cover the major topics in constitutional law, civil procedure and jurisdiction, and private law (contracts, torts, and corporations). The book is especially appropriate for schools attempting to meet the new Master of Laws teaching requirements of the N.Y. Bar, and its emphasis on legal methods also makes it suitable for assignment in college-level courses.

The Law and Legal System of the United States

Author: Thomas Schoenbaum
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 1634596897
Release Date: 2016-10-06
Genre:

Intended for non-lawyers, graduate and undergraduate students as well as foreign-trained law professionals, this book provides a unique and comprehensive introduction to the entire corpus of United States' law, through succinct and cogent notes as well as excerpts from both famous cases and recent cases. Divided into three parts, Part I of this book covers the history of the development of U.S. law, legal methodology, criminal and civil legal process, and how federalism permeates multiple aspects of U.S. law; Part II deals with constitutional law, fundamental rights and administrative law; Part III covers private law, including contracts, torts, family law, wills and trusts, property, commercial law and company law.

Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States

Author: William Burnham
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 1634602072
Release Date: 2016-06-14
Genre:

This text provides an introduction to U.S. law. It is intended for law students, lawyers, and legal scholars from foreign countries; U.S. non-law graduate and undergraduate college students; and anyone else who seeks a "big picture" of the law and legal system, including U.S. law students. Not a casebook, it explains the major substantive areas of the law in narrative form and includes citations to cases and sources for additional detail. In addition, the book has chapters on the essential basic history and governmental structure necessary to understand the legal system; the legal profession; the theory and practice of the adversary system of justice; and statutory interpretation and caselaw reasoning.

Commercial Transactions

Author: Kristen David Adams
Publisher: West Academic
ISBN: 0314159509
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Law

This concise textbook makes it possible to teach the most important concepts in Commercial Law in a single semester as a cohesive whole. These materials incorporate a balance of problems and cases, supplemented with numerous graphic illustrations showing how a complex commercial transaction unfolds. "International Perspectives" in every chapter discuss major commercial-law topics from the point of view of another legal system or an international convention. Jurisprudential short features provide simple sketches of important constructs such as the Coase Theorem and the concept of the Repeat Player, and present social-justice concerns, including those relating to racial profiling in commerce and "unbanked" low-income persons. Extensive marginal comments, questions, and cross-references promote active reading and show students how the various Articles of the Uniform Commercial Code function in concert with one another.

Foreign Relations Law

Author: Sean Murphy
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 1683284267
Release Date: 2017-12
Genre: United States

This seminal casebook helped pioneer the field of U.S. foreign relations law. The 5th edition provides comprehensive treatment of the distribution of foreign relations powers within the federal government; customary international law and treaties as sources of law in the United States; the war powers; and Congress's power of the purse, federalism, and the justiciability of foreign relations cases. Particular emphasis is placed upon historical sources, materials which document the practices of the executive branch, and key doctrines of international law. Practice exercises are provided to stimulate student engagement.

Human Rights Advocacy in the United States

Author: Martha Davis
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 1683287940
Release Date: 2018-04
Genre:

This pedagogically innovative book is the only law school case book focused on human rights advocacy in the United States. It illuminates a range of both hot topics and persistent theoretical and doctrinal issues while equipping students to thoughtfully engage these tools in their own practice of law. Readings and case studies expose students to the history, tools, and critiques of the U.S. human rights movement and the legal and practical challenges of human rights implementation in the United States. Skills exercises introduce practice-oriented approaches to engaging human rights-based strategies, including practice before international treaty bodies as well as domestic policymakers. Additionally, the appendices offer the text of relevant human rights treaties. Appropriate for introductory and advanced seminars, as well as clinical and other experiential offerings, the materials engage students on a remarkable range of issues, including immigration, rights of indigenous peoples, racially discriminatory policing, and right to housing. Chapters also explore fundamental issues of federalism, sovereignty, judicial review, and legal ethics.

Domestic Violence Law

Author: Nancy K. D. Lemon
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 0314277064
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Law

Through articles, book excerpts, cases, and statutes, the author encourages discussion of the legal system's role in domestic violence situations. Topics range from historical and basic issues, such as restraining orders and tort suits, to controversial ones, including marital rape, arrest and prosecution policies, and battered mothers charged with failure to protect their children from batterers. Other chapters cover how domestic violence impacts different groups. Additional topics include guns, confidentiality and safety, and victims as welfare recipients, workers, tenants, and applicants for asylum. The materials foster critical thinking among students, as they include contradictory points of view.

Immigration and Citizenship

Author: Thomas Aleinikoff
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 1634599284
Release Date: 2016-08-01
Genre:

The eighth edition of this pioneering casebook continues its tradition of comprehensive coverage, with problems and exercises that allow students to hone skills as counselors, as litigators, and as policy advisors. At the same time, the casebook helps students understand how immigration and citizenship law illuminates essential aspects of constitutional and administrative law and plays a key role in current political debates. This new edition is leaner, with significant reworking, thinning, and updating of core chapters on admissions categories, admission procedures, and removability. It also reflects the latest developments in federal enforcement, as well as state and local measures for both immigration enforcement and the integration of unauthorized migrants. The casebook incorporates important recent doctrinal changes, while trimming overall length.

Introduction to the Study of U s Law

Author: Robert Klonoff
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 1628101679
Release Date: 2016-05-03
Genre: Law

This book is designed to introduce students to the highlights of the first-year curriculum at a U.S. law school. The first chapter provides an overview of the U.S. legal system. The seven chapters that follow focus on basic foundational subjects: constitutional law, civil procedure, contracts, torts, property, criminal procedure, and criminal law, each in a separate chapter. Although the first chapter consists entirely of articles and other commentary, the other seven chapters consist mainly of edited court decisions. All of the chapters contain notes and questions, highlighting important issues for discussion and providing citations to cases, articles, and other materials for more in-depth study. First, it is designed for international students who are attending a U.S. law school to pursue an LL.M degree or an S.J.D. degree. This book gives such students the opportunity to take an intensive course on U.S. law, thus enabling them to learn the fundamental concepts before taking upper-division courses. Second, this book is designed for international students who want to learn about U.S. law but who are not planning to attend a U.S. law school. U.S. law professors can teach the course in foreign law schools using this text. Also, foreign professors who have been trained at a U.S. law school can teach U.S. law at their home institutions. Third, the book is designed for undergraduate students who are considering law school or who otherwise want to learn basic legal concepts. Such a course could be taught by U.S. law professors at their undergraduate institutions. All such students share a common desire to learn the basics of U.S. law in one course. And all will benefit not only from the substantive materials but also from the experience of learning core subject areas.

The Latin American Casebook

Author: Juan F. Gonzalez-Bertomeu
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317026204
Release Date: 2016-04-20
Genre: Law

Traditionally relegated because of political pressure and public expectations, courts in Latin America are increasingly asserting a stronger role in public and political discussions. This casebook takes account of this phenomenon, by offering a rigorous and up-to-date discussion of constitutional adjudication in Latin America in recent decades. Bringing to the forefront the development of constitutional law by Latin American courts in various subject matters, the volume aims to highlight a host of creative arguments and solutions that judges in the region have offered. The authors review and discuss innovative case law in light of the countries’ social, political and legal context. Each chapter is devoted to a discussion of a particular area of judicial review, from freedom of expression to social and economic rights, from the internalization of human rights law to judicial checks on the economy, from gender and reproductive rights to transitional justice. The book thus provides a very useful tool to scholars, students and litigants alike.

Cases and Materials on U S Antitrust in Global Context

Author: Eleanor M. Fox
Publisher: West Academic
ISBN: 0314199926
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Law

This up-to-the-minute antitrust casebook is rich with political economy, economics, global perspective, and in general the analytics of solving contemporary antitrust problems in the United States and the world. Useful in a 3 or 4-credit course and as a desk book, the volume features all of the landmark U.S. antitrust cases, the evolving new economy and information technology developments, and references to contrasting and converging European, South African and other jurisprudence. It offers a clear presentation of the tools for analysis, examining assumptions that may influence outcomes. The work is unique in its probing questions that explore the line between hard competition and abuse of power, and its problem sets for analysis and debate.

Foreign Relations and National Security Law

Author: Thomas M. Franck
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 0314268316
Release Date: 2011-11-18
Genre: Law

This fully updated Fourth Edition of a seminal casebook contains classic cases from Foster v. Nielsen to Samantar v. Yousuf, penetrating commentary from The Federalist to Dean Harold Koh and Justice Antonin Scalia, and treatment of thought-provoking controversies, including intervention in Libya, Wikileak disclosures, the killing of Bin Laden, drone attacks on U.S. nationals, NSA wiretapping, and Guantnamo trials. Excerpts of treaties, statutes, and executive orders address the core doctrinal and theoretical issues of foreign relations law and national security law, providing ample room for professors to design a course based on those topics most suited for their classroom experience.