Shaping Justice: Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court (Portable Professor Series)

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PORTABLE PROFESSOR™ is a series of exciting and informative lectures recorded by some of today's most renowned university and college professors. Each course introduces listeners to fascinating, and sometimes startling, insights into the intellectual forces that shape our understanding of the world. Each package includes 14 riveting lectures presented by notable professors as well as a book-length course guide.

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Overview

PORTABLE PROFESSOR™ is a series of exciting and informative lectures recorded by some of today's most renowned university and college professors. Each course introduces listeners to fascinating, and sometimes startling, insights into the intellectual forces that shape our understanding of the world. Each package includes 14 riveting lectures presented by notable professors as well as a book-length course guide.

While the U.S. Constitution is the framework for governing the nation, the Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter of how this framework is implemented. The Supreme Court's crucial interpretation of the relationship between legal doctrine and social change is at the heart of this university-level course. By examining landmark Supreme Court cases that changed contemporary views of the law, Kermit L. Hall examines the essential role of this powerful institution in American life.

COURSE LECTURES

  1. The Judicial Power, Jurisdiction, and the Ages of the Supreme Court
  2. The Establishment of Judicial Review: Marbury v. Madison (1803)
  3. Privilege and Creative Destruction: Charles River Bridge v.Warren Bridge (1837)
  4. Equality, Slavery, and the Supreme Court: Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857)
  5. Native American Sovereignty and the Constitution: Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock(1903)
  6. Liberty to Contract in the Industrial Age: Lochner v. New York (1905)
  7. Clear and Present Danger, the First Amendment, and Total War: Abrams v. United States (1919)
  8. A Switch in Time? West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish (1937)
  9. Japanese Internment and Total War: Korematsu v. United States (1944)
  10. Simple Justice: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954, 1955)
  11. Abortion, Women, and Equality: Roe v. Wade (1973)
  12. Presidential Immunity and Watergate: United States v. Nixon (1974)
  13. The Boundaries of Discrimination: Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978)
  14. The Ten Greatest Justices in the History of the Supreme Court

Kermit L. Hall's many works include The Magic Mirror: Law in American History. He is editor-in-chief of the award-winning Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States and the Oxford Companion to American Law. Professor Hall holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, an MSL from Yale Law School, and is a professor of history at and the president of Utah State University.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760750018
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 5/3/2004
  • Series: Portable Professor Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 8 CD's, Book-length Course G
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 2.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    Shaping Justice - As American as Apple Pie

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    Enjoyable and informative

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    Very detailed and historical

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    Kermit Rocks

    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.

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