Understanding Supreme Court Opinions

ISBN-10: 0205621619

ISBN-13: 9780205621613

Edition: 6th 2009 (Revised)

Authors: T. R. Van Geel
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Description: Going beyond the mere reading and standard interpretation of Supreme Court opinions, thisnbsp;practical text delves into the legal reasoning behind the written opinions to give students a deeper understanding of how to read and interpret the decisions of our highest court. nbsp; The perfect supplement to any constitutional law text, the sixth edition has been thoroughly updated, incorporating new material throughout the book on recent opinions issued by the Supreme Court.nbsp; It also includes a new Chapter 9, which details the briefing of a case and the making of an extended analytical-critical assessment of the case.nbsp;

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Book details

List price: $74.47
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
About the Author
The Supreme Court: Policy Maker and Teacher
Constitutional Conflicts
An Overview of the Constitution
Getting the Supreme Court to Play Its Role
Basic Features of a Supreme Court Opinion
Practice Pointers
The Constitution in a Nutshell
The Court as Supervisor of the Boundaries of Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Authority (The First Feature)
The Court as Umpire of Federal-State Relations (The Second Feature)
The Court as Supervisor of Government's Relationship to the Individual (The Third Feature)
The Court as Enforcer of Government Evenhandedness: Equal Protection (The Fourth Feature)
The Court as Supervisor of Government's Relationship with Religion (The Fifth Feature)
Constitutionality of Federal and State Law: An Addendum
Practice Pointers
Opinion Writing in the Supreme Court
Writing a Supreme Court Opinion: The General Problem
Constraints and Expectations
Conclusion
Practice Pointers
The Legal Materials Used in Building a Constitutional Opinion
Constitutional Interpretation (or Not)?
Originalism
Nonoriginalism
Liberalism and Conservatism
Judicial Activism and Deference
Practice Pointers
Tests or Standards of Review
Tests in General
Selected Examples of Tests
Tests and the Illusion of Certainty
Practice Pointers
Precedent
A Terminological Interlude
The English Doctrine of Precedent
The Theory of the Doctrine of Precedent
The Doctrine of Precedent (Stare Decisis) in the Supreme Court
Expanding and Narrowing Precedent
Working with Conflicting Lines of Precedent
The Effects of Narrow and Broad Readings of Precedent
Practice Pointers
Strategies of Justification
The Syllogism and Deductive Reasoning
Deduction and the Analogy
Deduction and Balancing
Judicial Disagreements
Conclusion
A Closer Look at Deduction: An Addendum
Practice Pointers
Briefing a Supreme Court Opinion
The Facts
The Majority Opinion
Concurring and Dissenting Opinions
The Dynamics of Opinion Writing
Briefing Griswold
The Legal Significance of Griswold
Practice Pointers
Analysis of a Supreme Court Case
The Brief of Seattle School District No. 1
Questions Directed to 'Explaining' the Case
Evaluative Judgment: The Legal Sufficiency of the Decision
Political and Policy Implications of the Opinion
Practice Pointers
Table of Cases
Index
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