Maggs and Smith's Constitutional Law: A Contemporary Approach, 4th
Gregory E. Maggs, Peter J. Smith
The fourth edition of the casebook, which is suitable either for a one- or two-semester course, strives to make constitutional law easily teachable and readily accessible for students. The authors have selected the cases very carefully and provided extensive excerpts of the opinions so that students get a good sense of the Court's reasoning. Text boxes call the students' attention to important aspects of each opinion, and the book is filled with introductions, points for discussion, hypotheticals, and executive summaries. The authors present a diversity of views on every subject, and, reflecting some of their own disagreements, the authors have written point-counterpoint discussions on many disputed questions.
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More About The Authors
Gregory E. Maggs
Professor Gregory Maggs has been a Professor of Law at GW Law School since 1993. He served as the senior associate dean for academic affairs in 2008-2010, and as Interim Dean in 2010-2011. He teaches mainly in the areas of commercial law, constitutional law, contracts, and counter-terrorism law, and has written extensively on these subjects.
Professor Maggs is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Following law school, he was a law clerk for Justices Clarence Thomas and Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and for Circuit Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also taught for two years as an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
His other past experience includes service as a special master for the U.S. Supreme Court, as a consultant to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in the Whitewater Investigation, and as an assistant to Robert H. Bork in private practice and research. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Maggs has been an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1990, and serves from time to time as a military judge hearing appeals from courts-martial. » Read more about Gregory E. Maggs
Peter J. Smith
Professor Smith is an expert in constitutional law, with a particular interest in constitutional interpretation. His articles have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the UCLA Law Review, among others.
Before joining the faculty at GW, Professor Smith was an attorney in the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the government in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. At DOJ, he defended the constitutionality of a number of federal statutes, including the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Food and Drug Modernization Act, in cases that ultimately were resolved by the Supreme Court.
Professor Smith received his B.A. from Yale and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he received the Sears Prize for highest academic performance. Professor Smith clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. » Read more about Peter J. Smith