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Examples & Explanations for First Amendment

  • Laura E. Little
Series / Examples & Explanations Series
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Award-winning teacher and respected author of several volumes, Professor Laura Little has written a new book on the First Amendment. Following the proven Examples and Explanations format, the book covers all of the amendment’s major topics – with emphasis on speech and religion. Professor Little presents hypothetical examples that range from simple and straightforward to complex and rich. As a result, students using the book can acquire both basic and advanced knowledge of First Amendment doctrine. Equally important, this approach allows students the opportunity to practice their skill of marshalling arguments on many sides of contested legal issues.  

With its short chapters, the book is an exceptionally useful complement to any of the available casebooks in the field.

Highlights of this E&E study aid (first edition):

  • Professor Little brings her characteristically clear writing style and constitutional law expertise to the subject.
  • The book’s organization enables students to choose the particular topics they need to study and that match the coverage of their course.
  • The topics covered include a comprehensive review of the most recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on speech, association, and religion as well as cutting edge issues raised by current events, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The concise explication of legal doctrine (and its uncertainties) ensure a baseline of student understanding and maximizes accessibility to difficult, abstract concepts.
  • The book’s balance between simple and complex hypotheticals serves an array of student needs.
  • While providing deep coverage of abstract concepts, the book includes many practical introductions to law practice reality. Professor Little has not only established her reputation as a constitutional scholar, but also comes to the subject with experience as a practicing First Amendment lawyer for the media.

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Adaptable organization allows the book to complement any casebook.
  • Figures, examples, explanations, and varying difficulty in the presented material ensure that the book will serve the needs of a variety of users and will appeal to different learning styles.
  • Balance between theoretical and practical materials enables broad understanding.
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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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Constitutional Law , First Amendment
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