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Posted October 7, 2004
I purchased the series Shaping Justice because the title sounded interesting and I needed something to pass the time on a long road trip although it has turned out to be one of the prized items of my book collection that I can't get enough of. Professor Hall reduces 13 landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases into a language that is comprehensible by the average layman and in a fashion that leaves the reader (listener) with a renewed faith in our judicial system. The course might well be an introduction to constitutional law offered to first year law students but it is certainly a must have for any American interested in how their country functions by the rule of law and the constitutional process. It's too bad this course is not a high school graduation requirement, our teenagers might come away with a greater appreciation towards those who came before us and the processes that have made this country what it is today. The course manual, written by Professor Hall, thoroughly complements the lecture. I highly recommend this series and complement Barnes and Noble in their selection of the lecturer, who brings justice to an often dry subject matter.
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Posted April 3, 2007
I found the cases covered to be interesting, relevant, and reviewed in appropriate detail in order to understand their historical context. Professor Hall clearly and cogently explained the issues at hand and conveyed his love of the subject matter. I highly recommend this!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2005
If you love American history, you'll like this lecture. It's very detailed and he tells each case like a story. Don't worry that there might be to much legal talk because there isn't. This lecture is all about history, not law. In fact, I wish it had been a little bit more about the philosophy of law. I was hoping for discussion about the idea of legislating from the bench and exactly what that means, but he never really talked about that.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2005
As a delivery guy who spends many hours a week on the road, finding something to listen to can be a challenge. I saw these classes on CD and thought I'd take a listen. I'm a poli sci major at UW-Milwaukee, so I naturally gravitated towards the Supreme Court course taught by professor Kermit Hall. Not only does he provide an excellent summary of landmark cases in the court in a clear way, discuss the impact of these controversies on the nation, but he also gives an impressive amount of background information that gives the listener a much better socio-historical perspective. I'd suggest this program for any literate student of history, political science, law or anyone who has an interest in the processes that affect the fabric of our society.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.