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The United States Constitution: Law, Policy, and Society, First Edition

  • Laura E. Little
Series / Aspen Criminal Justice Series
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With coverage of the topics central to the lives of U.S. citizens today, The United States Constitution: Law, Policy, and Society by Laura E. Little brings a fresh take to the study of Constitutional Law.

Dynamic educator and distinguished scholar, Laura E. Little, presents an original and accessible take on Constitutional Law for undergraduates. While covering classic topics and themes such as federalism, individual rights, and separation of powers, the book does so with a focus on the topics central to U.S. citizens' lives—topics such as gun rights; freedom of expression and social media; hate speech; reproductive rights; decisions that reinforced or challenged existing racial, class, ethnic, and gender stratifications; as well as the interplay between popular culture and the Supreme Court. The author of several other books related to Constitutional Law, including a book and studies about the intersection of humor and the law, Professor Little brings an informed, lively eye to constitutional study.

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Coverage of four major themes:
    • the branches of government and the separation of powers
    • the relationship between state and federal governments
    • the special protection afforded to freedom of communication
    • other rights important to U.S. citizens: the right to bear arms, reproductive freedom, racial discrimination, LGBTQIA+ rights, and women's rights
  • Well-crafted material that encourages students to find deeper meaning as they think about essential questions concerning Constitutional Law:
    • How does the historical context for a case explain the result of the case?
    •  Do neutral constitutional principles exist or does the discussion of constitutional rules simply serve to mask hidden agendas?
    • How do the rules that are articulated in different contexts resemble each other?
  • Features that lead to a lively engagement in the study of Constitutional Law
    • From the Bench, carefully chosen and skillfully edited Supreme Court cases that give students understanding and insight into key decisions
    • Questions for Discussion to encourage students to formulate their own thinking about larger constitutional issues
    • Behind the Curtain, a look at the background of a case that goes beyond the mere facts
    • What's Your Learned Opinion? Scenarios that ask students to apply constitutional principles to a new set of facts
    • Review questions to help students test their knowledge of each chapter's topics
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About the authors
Laura Little
Temple University School of Law

Professor Laura E. Little is James G. Schmidt Professor of Law and Senior Advisor to the Dean at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She specializes in federal courts, conflict of laws, and constitutional law. She teaches, lectures, and consults internationally on these subjects and is routinely engaged for training judges as well as for speeches at judicial conferences. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including most recently a treatise, Federal Courts, in Aspen Publishing's Examples and Explanations series. Among her many awards for teaching and scholarship are several law school awards, a university-wide Lindback award, and Temple's highest award for teaching, the University Great Professor Award. Before entering academia, Professor Little practiced law in Philadelphia, litigating commercial cases and representing the print media in First Amendment cases. Prior to her law practice, Professor Little served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Supreme Court of the United States (October Term 1986) and Judge James Hunter III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1985-1986).& Professor Little has several times taught in Temple's programs in Tokyo, Japan and Rome, Italy. She has also lectured frequently to Chinese judges and prosecutors on the nature of American law, conflict of laws and legal practice. She has also served as a consultant on federal courts, civil procedure, and appellate advocacy issues.&

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