This is a book review of Current Issues in Constitutional Litigation: A Context & Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press 2011). My perspective is unique because I have worked with and watched this casebook evolve – I was assigned an early draft of the casebook as a law school student taking a constitutional litigation course, I worked as a research assistant on a later version of the casebook, and now, several years later, I have viewed the final result of the casebook as a practicing attorney. As a former law clerk and now as an attorney advisor in the beginning years of practice, I appreciate how the book’s practical approach helped me transition from student to lawyer by exposing me to real legal documents, casting me as a practitioner, and teaching me to "think like a lawyer."
Current Issues in Constitutional Litigation by Sarah Ricks, Clinical Professor at Rutgers-Camden Law School, and Evelyn Tenenbaum, Professor at Albany Law School, introduces students, through a practical approach, to the constitutional and statutory doctrines necessary to litigate 4th, 8th, and 14th Amendment claims, and 1st Amendment prisoners' religion claims. This casebook outlines the doctrinal law, demonstrates how that law is applied differently throughout the circuits by the courts, presents multiple types of legal documents used during the course of litigation, and encourages students to create litigation strategies through simulations and exercises that cast the student in differing hypothetical professional roles and factual scenarios.
- constitutional litigation,
- civil rights,
- legal education,
- integration of skills and doctrine,
- constitutional law,
- public policy
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sarah_ricks/1/