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    First Amendment: Cases, Controversies, and Contexts - Second Edition

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    Ruthann Robson, City University of New York Law School

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    Last Update: 2019

    Publisher: CALI's eLangdell® Press

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Jakob Miller, Assoc. Prof. of Pol. Science, Taylor University on 3/4/24

    The book focuses heavily on the speech and religion clauses of the first amendment. Press receives a short chapter of its own, and the rights of assembly and petition receive almost no attention save a mention at the beginning of the book. Of... read more

    Reviewed by Kerry Tripp, Senior Lecturer, University of Maryland, College Park on 2/1/18

    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

    Reviewed by Joe Mirando, Professor of Communication, Southeastern Louisiana University on 6/20/17

    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

    Reviewed by Lana Whited, Professor of English and director of the Boone Honors Program, Ferrum College (Virginia) on 2/8/17

    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

    Ancillary Material

    • Ancillary materials are available by contacting the author or publisher.
    • About the Book

      This Casebook (Second Edition, December 2019) 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).

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