First Amendment: Cases, Controversies, and Contexts
Ruthann Robson, City University of New York Law School
Pub Date: 2016
Publisher: CALI's eLangdell® Press
Conditions of Use
I reviewed this book in contemplation of whether it could supplement a law course I teach to both undergraduate and (non-law school) graduate students but a review based on that perspective would be unfair. As the author notes in the... read more
In regard strictly to the First Amendment, the book is a very thorough treatment of the First Amendment's five clauses -- freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. The author simply could not have been more effective in covering... read more
In reviewing Robson's text, I am comparing primarily to the traditional media law text which I have used in recent semesters, Don R. Pember and Clay Calvert's Media Law. Now in its 19th or 20th edition, Media Law is the most widely used text for... read more
Table of Contents
- Chapter One: Introduction To The First Amendment
Part I: The Speech Clauses
- Chapter Two: Protections For Political Speech
- Chapter Three: Of Conduct, Content, And Categories
- Chapter Four: The Special (Or Not) Status Of The Press
- Chapter Five: Government As Employer And Educator
- Chapter Six: Unconstitutional Conditions And Compelled Speech
- Chapter Seven: Forums And Time, Place, Manner Restrictions
- Chapter Eight: The Political Process
- Chapter Nine: Commercial Speech
- Chapter Ten: Sexual Speech
Part II: The Religion Clauses
- Chapter Eleven: Defining Religion
- Chapter Twelve: The Establishment Clause And Education
- Chapter Thirteen: The Establishment Clause In The Public Square
- Chapter Fourteen: Freedom Of Religious Exercise
About the Book
This Casebook (Revised First Edition, August 2016) is intended to be used in an upper-division course covering the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Its 14 chapters are substantially the same length, with the exception of Chapter One, the introduction, and Chapters Eleven and Twelve which in combination are the usual length. It is intended for 13 or 14 week semester that meets once or twice per week. Each Chapter contains a “Chapter Outline” at the beginning for ease of reference.
The Casebook is organized with the Speech Clauses as Part One and the Religion Clauses as Part Two. Unlike many other courses, there is no accepted organizational scheme within these broad areas. As the Introduction notes, First Amendment doctrine, especially within freedom of speech, presents a varied and haphazard landscape.
The Casebook follows a scheme that has proven effective in Professor Robson's years of teaching the course to hundreds of students. The selection of cases tends toward the most recent and these tend to be less heavily edited. These recent cases often contain extended discussions of earlier cases that are not included in the Casebook.
About the Contributors
Ruthann Robson, is Professor of Law & University Distinguished Professor. She is the author of Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy (2013), as well as the books Sappho Goes to Law School (1998); Gay Men, Lesbians, and the Law (1996); and Lesbian (Out)Law: Survival Under the Rule of Law (1992), and the editor of the three volume set, International Library of Essays in Sexuality & Law (2011). She is a frequent commentator on constitutional and sexuality issues and the co-editor of the Constitutional Law Professors Blog. She is one of the 26 professors selected for inclusion in What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013).