“We the People”: A Guide for the Perplexed Liberal

“We the People”: A Guide for the Perplexed Liberal

Gun Rights

0 0 0 THANK HEAVEN for Erwin Chemerinsky. The dean of constitutional law has done it again; his latest book, We the People , really is his finest work. In his usual clear and concise fashion, Chemerinsky gives us a framework for understanding both the United States Constitution and the current threats to our democracy. This book could not have come at a better time. It is a life preserver for those who feel adrift in the uncharted waters of the Trump era. I have ridden the seas with Chemerinsky. Every summer, I attend what you might call “constitutional law summer camp.” Together with a few other constitutional scholars, a group of us create a “Supreme Court in Review” video for the Federal Judicial Center. For 20 years, this program updates federal judges and their staff on new developments at the Court. Not surprisingly, Chemerinsky is our fearless leader. With his encyclopedic knowledge of constitutional law, he patiently guides us as we try to interpret the Supreme Court’s latest decisions. It has been an experience that has molded all of us. Working together, we have been able to detect both subtle and abrupt changes in the law. Chemerinsky never takes credit for his many contributions, but his insights are invaluable. Now, he has made his most important contribution of all. Through his new book, he shows us how these cases start to fit together. With We the People , even a non-lawyer can begin to see the forest for […]

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