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Two professors featured in 'Encyclopedia of Supreme Court'


January 20, 2009

Four essays by two Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law professors are featured in the new five-volume Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States

Professor Michael Berch wrote one on Res Judicata and one on the Removal Statute of 1789.

Professor Robert Clinton wrote one on Marbury v. Madison and one on Mandatory Jurisdiction.

The Encyclopedia is edited by David S. Tanenhaus, associate professor of History and the James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

"This new five-volume MacMillan set focuses on the substance of American law, the processes that produce its legal principles, and the history of the Supreme Court, from its creation to the present," states a description of the set. "One of the encyclopedia's distinguishing themes is the examination of case law, the essential texts that form the backbone of legal and pre-legal study in the United States.

"Overview essays address the history of such topics as citizenship, due process, Native Americans, racism, and contraception, emphasizing the social context of each and the social and political pressures that shaped interpretation. This approach plays directly into the cutting-edge field known as the 'law and social issues movement,' which studies political and non-judicial history, and advocates a 'law outside the courts' approach. Almost 1,100 peer-reviewed articles cover concepts, cases, topics, personalities, institutions, events, and processes. Written in accessible language and supplemented with a glossary, thematic outline, historical documents, illustrations, and indexes this title provides context and ease-of-use to law and pre-law students, professors, legal professionals and general users."

"This book is surely going to be a valuable reference work, and I congratulate both Michael and Bob," wrote Dean Paul Schiff Berman.

Judy Nichols, Judith.Nichols@asu.edu
(480) 727-7895
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law