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Overview

A landmark in legal publishing, The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court is a now classic text many of whose entries are regularly cited by scholars as the definitive statement on any particular subject. In the tradition of that work, editor in chief Kermit L. Hall offers up The Oxford Companion to American Law, a one-volume, A-Z encyclopedia that covers topics ranging from aging and the law, wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping, the Salem Witch Trials and Plessy vs. Ferguson.
The Companion takes as its starting point the insight that law is embedded in society, and that to understand American law one must necessarily ask questions about the relationship between it and the social order, now and in the past. The volume assumes that American law, in all its richness and complexity, cannot be understood in isolation, as simply the business of the Supreme Court, or as a list of common law doctrines. Hence, the volume takes seriously issues involving laws role in structuring decisions about governance, the significance of state and local law and legal institutions, and the place of American law in a comparative international perspective. Nearly 500 entries are included, written by over 300 expert contributors.
Intended for the working lawyer or judge, the high school student working on a term paper, or the general adult reader interested in the topic, the Companion is the authoritative reference work on the subject of American law.

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"The best one-volume encyclopedia of American law to be published in a long time."—Booklist "This ambitious reference offers a broad understanding of American legal issues."—Library Journal (Starred Review)
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This ambitious reference offers a broad understanding of American legal issues. Hall, president of Utah State University and a professor of history there, has edited or coedited 12 books, including two other "Oxford Companion" volumes. Many types of scholars, including historians, political scientists, and lawyers, have contributed the 486 alphabetically arranged entries. The entries consider how law, legal institutions, and court decisions are related to social demands and legal responses. The formal institutions in which the law operates receive significant attention, as do key legal issues, for example, civil rights and civil liberties. Entries such as "Technology and the Law," "Law and Literature," and "United States Obligations to the U.N." consider connective linkages concerning legal, social, and political systems. The volume also includes standard legal terms and key legal concepts, such as verdicts and venues, as well as biographical statements about leading individuals in the legal profession such as Judge Arthur T. Vanderbilt. A novel element in this work is its inclusion of broad essays on the history of law in the United States, which demonstrate how legal culture has changed across social eras. Other useful features are extensive cross referencing and the longer essays on key issues, such as abortion and reproductive decisions, criminal law principles, and consumer law. With a substantial breadth of information and analysis, this volume is accessible to every reader. All libraries will find it an invaluable reference source.-Steven Puro, St. Louis Univ. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195088786
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 2.40 (d)

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Utah State University

Willamette University

Vanderbilt University

Johns Hopkins University

Rutgers University, Camden

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