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Political Science/Pre-Law » American Indian Law

ANDERSON, BERGER, KRAKOFF AND FRICKEY'S AMERICAN INDIAN LAW: CASES AND COMMENTARY, 3D (2015)
Written by: Robert T. Anderson; Bethany Berger; Sarah Krakoff; Philip P. Frickey Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: American Indian Law
Book: 320

This coursebook provides an introduction to the legal relationships between American Indian tribes, the federal government, individual states, and others. The foundational cases are incorporated with statutory text, background material, hypothetical questions, and discussion problems to structure the classroom experience and enhance student engagement. Historical materials are explained to highlight their modern relevance. The third edition includes expanded materials on law and order within Indian country, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and recent Executive Branch actions that increase tribal authority.

ISBN 9780314290236

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CANBY'S AMERICAN INDIAN LAW IN A NUTSHELL, 6TH (2015)
Written by: Hon. William C. Canby, Jr. Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: American Indian Law
Book: 232

This guide provides a reliable resource on American Indian law. Its authoritative text covers the essentials of this complex body of law, with attention to the governmental policies underlying it. The work emphasizes both the historical development of Federal Indian Law and recent matters such as the evolution of Indian gaming, issues arising under the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the present enforcement of treaty rights. It addresses the policy and law applicable to Alaska Natives, but does not deal with Native Hawai'ians.

ISBN 9781628100082

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GETCHES, WILKINSON, WILLIAMS, FLETCHER, AND CARPENTER'S CASES AND MATERIALS ON FEDERAL INDIAN LAW, 7TH (2016)
Written by: The late David H. Getches; Charles F. Wilkinson; Robert A. Williams; Matthew L.M. Fletcher; Kristen A. Carpenter Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: American Indian Law
Book: 233

This couresbook covers historical and contemporary perspectives of federal Indian law, and of nation-building by Native nations.

ISBN 9781634599061

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GURULE AND CORN'S PRINCIPLES OF COUNTER TERRORISM LAW (2011)
Written by: Jimmy Gurule; Geoffrey S. Corn Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Terrorism
Book: 169

The book examines the Military Response, analyzing legal issues related to treating terrorism as an armed conflict. These include the legal authority to use military force; determining when the law of armed conflict comes into force; the law of targeting and how this authority is applied to terrorist operatives; preventive detention; and prosecution of terrorists by military commission.

The book also analyzes the Law Enforcement Response to international terrorism, including the legal framework for gathering counter-terrorism intelligence information, prosecuting terrorists and their sponsors, and freezing terrorist assets, domestically and internationally. Finally, the book examines the federal statutes authorizing civil liability for personal injury or death caused by acts of international terrorism.

ISBN 9780314205445

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Constitutional Criminal Procedure

AGRAN'S INVESTIGATIVE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: A LAW & ORDER CASEBOOK (2015)
Written by: Kenneth Agran Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Book: 216

This innovative and groundbreaking book uses episodes of the popular television show LAW & ORDER to vividly and accurately illustrate various aspects of Investigative Criminal Procedure. The companion eBook seamlessly incorporates scenes from the show, excerpts from over 200 U.S. Supreme court opinions, and "black box" summaries of the law to clarify the constitutional rules binding upon law enforcement during the investigation of crimes. In particular, the book comprehensively covers the constitutional rules governing searches and seizures, the limitations on police questioning and interrogation practices, and the doctrines regulating police identification procedures. West Academic is proud to have worked with NBCUniversal to bring this one of a kind textbook to the market.

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- A robust Teacher's Manual with valuable teaching tips, coverage suggestions for courses of various lengths, detailed notes and summaries for each case, and classroom-tested exercises.
- A companion website that includes Coursebook and Teacher's Manual updates, test bank questions and answers, and sample issue-spotter exam and answers, helpful handouts, and practice problems.

ISBN 9781628106886

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ISRAEL, KAMISAR, LAFAVE, KING, AND PRIMUS'S CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND THE CONSTITUTION, LEADING SUPREME COURT CASES AND INTRODUCTORY TEXT (2016)
Written by: Jerold H. Israel; Yale Kamisar; Wayne R. LaFave; Nancy J. King; Eve Brensike Primus Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Criminal Procedure
Book: 324

This title is the work of nationally renowned experts on the subject of constitutional criminal procedure. It is ideally suited for a survey course designed to explore and critically examine how the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt with a wide range of highly controversial issues that arise at various stages of the criminal process. Considerable effort has been made to set forth the views of all members of the Court in landmark and important recent cases. The modest size of this volume has been attained not by collecting snippets of many opinions, but by the judicious selection of leading cases. An outstanding feature is the illuminating introductory commentary that appears throughout the book and place the selected cases in general historical and doctrinal perspective.

ISBN 9781634607544

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WEINREB'S LEADING CONSTITUTIONAL CASES ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 2016 EDITION
Written by: Lloyd L. Weinreb Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Book: 236

The leader in its field, Leading Constitutional Cases on Criminal Justice is updated annually and includes all significant cases decided in the preceding Term of the Court. Cases are edited generously and presented in a simple, straightforward format, for use in courses on constitutional law and criminal justice.

ISBN 9781634608664

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Constitutional Law

BARRON AND DIENES' CONSTITUTIONAL LAW IN A NUTSHELL, 9TH (2017)
Written by: Jerome A. Barron; C. Thomas Dienes Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 466

This 9th edition of Constitutional Law in a Nutshell summarizes constitutional law from Marbury v. Madison (1803) to the present. This edition features some new and controversial cases. A new and famous example is Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) which held, per Justice Kennedy, 5-4, that under both the Due Process and the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment "same sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States." In Fisher v. University of Texas (2016) the Court held, 4-3, per Justice Kennedy, that the much litigated, race-conscious admissions program of the University of Texas was valid under the Equal Protection Clause. In the area of "a woman's right to decide to have an abortion," the Court in Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt (2016) upheld, 5-2, the use of rigorous undue burden standard as the measure of the abortion right. The Court ruled that two provisions of a Texas law targeting the state's abortion clinics were unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment. The First Amendment, as always, continues to generate new and important decisions. Thus, Reed v. Gilbert (2015) held that a town sign ordinance violated the First Amendment. The court indicated that any speech regulation directed to a specific subject matter should be evaluated under the strict scrutiny standard. The decision leaves open a question as to whether this ruling is intended to be applied to previously less protected categories of expression. This edition, of course, contains numerous other important decisions. The objective is to summarize the essence of the Court decisions and to do so in a concise and understandable way.

ISBN 9781634596237

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CHOPER, FALLON, KAMISAR, AND SHIFFRIN'S LEADING CASES IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, A COMPACT CASEBOOK FOR A SHORT COURSE, 2016 EDITION
Written by: Jesse H. Choper; Richard H. Fallon Jr.; Yale Kamisar; Steven H Shiffrin Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 79

An annually-revised paperback designed for a single-semester course on constitutional law. The most recent set of teaching materials by four renowned law professors. By judicious editing and careful summarizing of the most important Supreme Court cases, the four co-authors of Leading Cases in Constitutional Law have managed to produce a set of constitutional law teaching materials around 1000 pages. The new paperback will be published every summer for classroom use in the fall. It will include all the significant cases handed down during the most recent Supreme Court Term. "Leading Cases" contain what one might call "the essentials" for teaching a basic course in constitutional law.

Additional resources, including constitutional law case briefs, are available to our coursebook adopters at conlawresourcecenter.com.

ISBN 9781634607865

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CHOPER, FALLON, KAMISAR, SHIFFRIN, DORF AND SCHAUER'S CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CASES COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS,12TH (2015)
Written by: Jesse H. Choper; Richard H. Fallon Jr.; Yale Kamisar; Steven H. Shiffrin; Michael C. Dorf Frederick Schauer Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 468

In preparing the new edition, the authors have retained the basic format of prior editions, but have added new cases and re-edited old ones to ensure coverage of important topics in manageable numbers of pages. The Notes and Questions, which have long been a hallmark of the book, continue to present a wide range of perspectives for students to consider, rather than reflecting a single point of view that users of the book must either adopt or teach against. Professors will especially like the illuminating and provocative extracts from the literature that accompany important new cases involving the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and campaign finance and freedom of speech.

ISBN 9781628100136

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FISHER AND DEVINS'S POLITICAL DYNAMICS OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, 5TH (2010)
Written by: Louis Fisher; Neal Devins Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 80

This coursebook contains 32 case studies that expose students to the interchange between the courts and the elected branches. Each case study begins with a detailed introductory essay followed by edited primary source materials, including legislative debates, presidential signing statements, and correspondence between Justices. The 5th edition includes a new case study on enemy combatants as well as significant revisions to case studies on gay rights, abortion, affirmative action, and women in the military.

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ISBN 9780314199379

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FLEMING, BARBER, MACEDO, AND MCCLAIN'S GAY RIGHTS AND THE CONSTITUTION (2016)
Written by: James E. Fleming; Sotirios A. Barber; Stephen J. Macedo; Linda C. McClain Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 240

This accessible and engaging title focuses on the controversies over constitutional interpretation leading up to the United States holdings in Lawrence v. Texas (2003) and Obergfell v. Hodges (2015): namely, that the Constitution's commitments to liberty and equal protection encompass rights of same-sex intimacy and marriage. It also takes up emerging conflicts between protection of the constitutional rights for gay men and lesbians, on the one hand, and First Amendment claims of freedom of association and religious liberty by persons who oppose protection of such rights, on the other.

With five original scholarly essays written by esteemed constitutional scholars, this book looks beyond judicial doctrine and asks whether the current constitutional status of gay rights is consistent with principles that trace back to the American Founding and the Civil War Amendments and that continue to animate American politics.

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ISBN 9781634602686

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MURPHY, FLEMING, BARBER AND MACEDO'S AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION, 5TH (2013)
Written by: The late Walter F. Murphy; James E. Fleming; Sotirios A Barber; Stephen Macedo Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 235

This undergaduate text uses original essays, cases, and materials to study the very enterprise by which a constitution is interpreted and a constitutional government created. It explores the American polity as both a constitutional and democratic entity. This volume is organized around a set of basic interrogatives: What is the constitution that is to be interpreted? Who are its authoritative interpreters? How do they go about their interpretive tasks? The new edition has been updated to include important new cases decided through the 2012-13 Supreme Court term.

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ISBN 9781609301422

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ROTUNDA'S AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: THE SUPREME COURT IN AMERICAN HISTORY VOLUME 1 - INSTITUTIONAL POWERS (2016)
Written by: Ronald D. Rotunda Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 449

Chapters begin with explanatory info, and feature shorter cases, interactive questions throughout chapters and the historical context of founding legal principles and theories of constitutional interpretation. A thorough legal glossary is included in both volumes. Both the Bill of Rights and other Constitutional Amendments are presented with through explanations and reference to historical issues.

Volume I, with a focus on the structural and institutional powers of the constitution, includes: Development of Judicial Review; Doctrine of Implied Powers; Congress; the Presidency; Foreign-Affairs Powers; the Commerce Clause; Taxing and Spending Powers; and the Protection of Rights Guaranteed in the Body of the Constitution.

ISBN 9781634607780

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ROTUNDA'S AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: THE SUPREME COURT IN AMERICAN HISTORY VOLUME 2 - LIBERTIES (2016)
Written by: Ronald D. Rotunda Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 450

Chapters begin with explanatory info, and feature shorter cases, interactive questions throughout chapters and the historical context of founding legal principles and theories of constitutional interpretation. A thorough legal glossary is included in both volumes.Both the Bill of Rights and other Constitutional Amendments are presented with through explanations and references to historical issues.

Volume II, with a focus on the rights contained within the constitution, includes: Development of Judicial Review; the Second Amendment; the Criminal Process; Equal Protection; Congressional Enforcement of Civil Rights; Freedom of Speech; and Freedom of Religion.

ISBN 9781634607797

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SCHULTZ, DEARDORFF, AND VILE'S CONSTITUTIONAL LAW IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, VOLUME 1 - INSTITUTIONS, POLITICS, AND PROCESS (2017)
Written by: David Schultz; Michelle D. Deardorff and John R. Vile Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 459

This engaging and accessible new Constitutional Law title covers contemporary topics and feature meticulously edited cases that include all the major Supreme Court opinions that should be in a text, as determined by political scientists who teach in the field. Cases aren't boiled down to capsule summaries. Instead, the case content is presented in such a way as to allow students to dig deeply into the case meaning, while timelines put the cases into historical context. Additionally, there is comprehensive cross referencing of other important cases, case commentary, and analysis.

This is the only constitutional law book on the market that has a chapter on election law, and also contains significant chapters on the Constitution and foreign policy, and property rights. The opening chapter covers the elements of judicial review and how courts operate. Other features include:

• A companion website with helpful instructor materials, including test banks, essay questions and examples.
• Priced significantly lower than other constitutional law books on the market.

ISBN 9781683285588

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SCHULTZ, DEARDORFF, AND VILE'S CONSTITUTIONAL LAW IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA, VOLUME 2 - CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES (2017)
Written by: David Schultz; Michelle D. Deardorff and John R. Vile Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 460

This engaging and accessible new Constitutional Law title covers contemporary topics and feature meticulously edited cases that include all the major Supreme Court opinions that should be in a text, as determined by political scientists who teach in the field. Cases aren't boiled down to capsule summaries. Instead, the case content is presented in such a way as to allow students to dig deeply into the case meaning, while timelines put the cases into historical context. Additionally, there is comprehensive cross referencing of other important cases, case commentary, and analysis.

This is the only constitutional law book on the market that has a chapter on election law, and also contains significant chapters on the Constitution and foreign policy, and property rights. The opening chapter covers the elements of judicial review and how courts operate. Other features include:

• A companion website with helpful instructor materials, including test banks, essay questions and examples.
• Priced significantly lower than other constitutional law books on the market.

ISBN 9781683285564

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SULLIVAN AND FELDMAN'S CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, 19TH (2016)
Written by: Kathleen M. Sullivan; Noah Feldman Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Constitutional Law
Book: 87

The Nineteenth Edition is an updated version of this classic book, adding new materials on the Supreme Court's most recent decisions on federal power, free speech, equal protection and religious freedom to its existing comprehensive coverage of separation of powers, federalism, civil rights and civil liberties. This book provides a unique combination of clearly structured and lawyerly coverage of the cases with rich historical, theoretical, and philosophical materials that illuminate the development of our constitutional law. In the 19th edition, you will find the latest decisions on gay marriage, street signs and confederate flags, campaign contribution limits, congressional power over voting rights, and religious exemptions from health care mandates, among many others. The note materials and questions in the book make it easy to structure classes and promote lively discussion. And comparative examples from the constitutional law of other nations are provided throughout.

Additional resources, including constitutional law case briefs, are available to our coursebook adopters at conlawresourcecenter.com.

ISBN 9781634594479

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Courts

MITCHELL AND KLEIN'S AMERICAN COURTS EXPLAINED: A DETAILED INTRODUCTION TO THE LEGAL PROCESS USING REAL CASES (2016)
Written by: Gregory Mitchell; David E. Klein Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Courts
Book: 326

"This is a well-written text that I believe is essential reading for any layperson who wants to understand the nuts and bolts of legal procedure. It is also essential reading for one contemplating a career as a paralegal or considering a career in law. It is easily accessible for an undergraduate audience."
Sheldon Goldman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

American Courts Explained ("ACE") takes students on a detailed tour of American courts by following two real cases—one criminal, one civil—from the events that gave rise to them, through pre-trial proceedings, jury trials, and appeals. Along the way there are stops in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. ACE introduces readers to major debates relating to the courts: How "political" are judges? How well do different methods of selecting judges work? Do ordinary people have adequate access to lawyers? Should we trust jurors to decide complex and emotional cases? But it presents these debates in the context of actual cases so that readers can see why these debates matter to the parties, lawyers, judges, and jurors. The conviction behind this approach is that students learn best when engaged by vivid, interesting cases with details that make abstract debates and difficult legal concepts meaningful and easier to understand.

By the end of ACE, readers will find that the judicial process has been demystified. They will have a firm understanding of what litigants, lawyers and judges do, will understand the structure and procedure of American civil and criminal courts, will see the purposes served by judicial rules and procedures, and will see what effect these rules, and procedures have on the outcomes of cases. Readers will have acquired the knowledge needed to critically evaluate the legal institutions we have and proposals for changing them.

ACE can serve as a stand-alone text or as a supplement to a textbook that takes a more thematic and less detailed approach to the American judicial process. An accompanying website (amcourtsbook.com) provides teachers and students with the many legal documents discussed in ACE. These materials may be used for extended study of topics, for class exercises or assignments, or just to provide more detail on the many legal procedures and concepts discussed in ACE. This book will give students contemplating law school or a career in criminal justice a realistic understanding of what those careers would involve and a head start on the deeper study of American courts required for those career paths.

ISBN 9781634598798

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Criminal Law

DRIPPS, BOYCE, AND PERKINS'S CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE, CASES AND MATERIALS, 13TH (2017)
Written by: Donald A. Dripps; Ronald N. Boyce; Rollin M. Perkins Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Criminal Law
Book: 469

The thirteenth edition continues the book's commitment to offering the most comprehensive, rigorous, and flexible materials on the American criminal process. With respect to the substantive criminal law, the new edition includes:
  • Full case treatment of Johnson v. United States, illustrating the Supreme Court's current approach to the void-for-vagueness doctrine, and giving the clearest expression yet of the doctrine's constitutional foundations;
  • Full case treatment of Elonis v. United States, 575 U.S. ___ (2015), illuminating the Supreme Court's current approach to imputing mental states when statutes are silent or unclear;
  • Full case treatment of Rosemond v. United States, 572 U.S. ___ (2014) , illuminating the Supreme Court's current approach to the mens rea for complicity liability;
  • Full case treatment of Hurst v. Florida, 136 S.Ct. 616 (2016), holding the Florida system of advisory jury verdicts in capital cases violates the Sixth Amendment;
  • The substantive provisions of the American Law Institute's Project on Sexual and Related Offenses, Tentative Draft No. 2 (April 15, 2016), proposing, inter alia, a manifested "willingness" definition of consent and recognition of a felony offense for sexual penetration by an actor who knows, or consciously disregards a substantial risk, that the victim has not consented;
  • Full case treatment of State v. J.W., Jr., 181 Wa.2d 757 (2014), holding the Washington practice of putting the burden of proof on the consent issue in rape cases on the defense violates due process;
  • Extensive extracts from the Justice Department's memorandum explaining the decision not to bring federal civil rights charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the case involving the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

With respect to criminal procedure, the new edition includes:
  • Full case treatment of Riley v. California, 573 U.S. ___ (2014), summarizing search-incident-to-arrest doctrine and excluding cell phones from warrantless search incident to arrest,
  • A thoroughly revised section on constitutional remedies in police practices cases,
    • Illustrating the exceptions to the exclusionary rule with United States v. Rose, 613 Fed. Appx. 125 (3d Cir. 2015), a case giving a good illustration of the standing doctrine; and
    • Utah v. Strieff, 2016 WL 3369419 (U.S. 2016), a case illustrating the Court's antipathy toward the exclusionary rule and analyzing the causation-based exceptions such as attenuation, inevitable discovery, and independent source; and
    • The text of 42 U.S.C. §14141 and extensive excerpts from the consent decree regarding the New Orleans Police Department, entered between the Justice Department and the City of New Orleans in 2012.


ISBN 9781634609289

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LAFAVE'S MODERN CRIMINAL LAW: CASES, COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS, 6TH (2017)
Written by: Wayne R. LaFave Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Criminal Law
Book: 475

This coursebook is intended for use in a basic course on the substantive criminal law. The major emphasis in this coursebook is upon what is usually referred to as the "general part" of the criminal law, mental state and act, responsibility, justification and excuse, inchoate crimes and liability for the conduct of another. There is also special emphasis upon the actual and potential contributions of the legislative branch in resolving the difficult policy questions that exist in this field. This sixth edition differs from its predecessor largely by enrichment of the Notes and Questions throughout the book with excerpts from over 100 new appellate cases and over 50 recent law review articles.

ISBN 9781683285144

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WEAVER, BURKOFF, AND HANCOCK'S CRIMINAL LAW: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH, 2D (2014)
Written by: Russell L. Weaver; John M. Burkoff; Catherine Hancock Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Criminal Law
Book: 473

This state-of the-art coursebook is both easy and fun to use. It is designed to give you the basis for an enjoyable, comprehensive learning experience for your students, providing you with the sort of piquing materials that should prompt interested and insightful classroom discussion. The focus here is on teachability, rather than encyclopedic coverage of the field. Many modern, cutting-edge cases and related features are included, as well as the classic decisions, making it possible for you to show students the most current issues in the law as well as the traditional doctrinal underpinnings of this area. Numerous problem-style hypotheticals are also included throughout, serving to stimulate and encourage thought and discussion but also to help you focus your students on practice-oriented, analytical skills.


ISBN 9780314289667

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Election and Voting Rights

DOUGLAS AND MAZO'S ELECTION LAW STORIES (2016)
Written by: Joshua A. Douglas; Eugene D. Mazo Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Election and Voting Rights
Book: 244

One of the most dynamic fields in the legal academy now has its own Stories book. This title offers a rich and detailed account of the most significant cases in election law, including the landmark decisions of Reynolds v. Sims, Bush v. Gore, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and Shelby County v. Holder. The book relies on a unique encapsulated approach to storytelling, as each of its authors surveys an important doctrinal area in the field through the telling of his or her story. The volume's thirteen cases concern the right to vote, redistricting and gerrymandering, campaign finance, and election administration. The book is suited for courses in the law of democracy at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

ISBN 9781634604338

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TOKAJI'S ELECTION LAW IN A NUTSHELL, 2D (2016)
Written by: Daniel Tokaji Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Election and Voting Rights
Book: 243

Election law is a dynamic and rapidly expanding field that generates enormous public interest. It is also of great practical importance to lawyers and law students, with increasing litigation and many controversial Supreme Court decisions such as Bush v. Gore, Citizens United v. FEC, and Shelby County v. Holder. This Nutshell provides a succinct and thorough description of the law governing elections, the right to vote, and the political process in the United States. The topics addressed include "one person, one vote," gerrymandering, minority voting rights, ballot access, voter identification, recounts, direct democracy, and campaign finance. The Nutshell covers U.S. constitutional law in these areas, as well as the Voting Rights Act, Federal Election Campaign Act, and other essential statutes. It includes Evenwel v. Abbott, McDonnell v. United States, and other cases from the 2015-16 Supreme Court Term.

ISBN 9781634602761

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Energy Law

TOMAIN AND CUDAHY'S ENERGY LAW IN A NUTSHELL, 3D (2017)
Written by: Joseph P. Tomain Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Energy Law
Book: 472

This title addresses the component parts of the energy fuel cycle, as well as the market and government policies that oversee it. This Nutshell describes in detail the country's traditional energy policy and also discusses the current challenges that confront it. Chapters cover the individual natural resources used to produce energy and the book concludes with the development of a clean energy policy for the future.

ISBN 9781634607117

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Political Science/Pre-Law » First Amendment Law

BLASI'S FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THE HISTORY OF IDEAS: LANDMARK CASES, HISTORIC ESSAYS, AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS (2016)
Written by: Vincent Blasi Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: First Amendment Law
Book: 217

This accessible and engaging book, with a focus on historical developments, basic principles, landmark cases, and contemporary issues without elaborating on the doctrinal matrix in full lawyerly detail, is well-suited for a political science or journalism school course on the First Amendment.

It is organized around six historic essays about the freedom of speech by James Madison, John Stuart Mill, Judge Learned Hand, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Justice Louis Brandeis, and Alexander Meiklejohn. For the most part, these classic essays advance "instrumental" claims about how free speech serves social goods such as political legitimacy and responsiveness, the development of new knowledge and better understanding, societal adaptation to changing conditions, and the checking of abuses of power.

Both the classic and the contemporary individual-centered arguments can be better understood by applying them to specific issues of First Amendment interpretation. Accordingly, this book includes virtually all of the landmark Supreme Court cases construing the speech and press clauses of the First Amendment, plus several major decisions of the last decade that have the potential to become landmark precedents.

ISBN 9781634599016

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POWER AND ALEXANDER'S A SHORT AND HAPPY GUIDE TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT (2016)
Written by: Robert C. Power, Mark C. Alexander Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: First Amendment Law
Book: 454

This concise guide breaks down a complicated topic—the First Amendment—and makes it understandable and fun. The book walks briskly through cases, rules, and theories to draw a reader-friendly road map of the First Amendment. Two law school deans and First Amendment enthusiasts, Bob Power and Mark Alexander, synthesize principles with memorable examples and a sharp wit. Their analysis reveals the common sense behind much First Amendment law, and at the same time identifies some of its flaws and inconsistencies. The book addresses the deep historic roots as well as current problems such as campaign finance, hate speech, and electronic communications.

ISBN 9781634602587


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SULLIVAN AND FELDMAN'S FIRST AMENDMENT LAW, 6TH (2016)
Written by: Kathleen M. Sullivan; Noah Feldman Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: First Amendment Law
Book: 246

The Sixth Edition provides in-depth coverage of the freedoms of speech, press and association, as well as the free exercise and establishment clauses. The material covers in freestanding form all the chapters and materials relating to the First Amendment from Sullivan and Feldman's Constitutional Law, Nineteenth Edition. Highlights of the new edition include the state of the law on such contemporary First Amendment problems as restricting corporate expenditures in political campaigns and regulation of speech constituting material support of terror. Students using this casebook will be well-equipped to litigate any area of First Amendment law.

ISBN 9781634594486

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Political Science/Pre-Law » International Law

BEDERMAN AND KEITNER'S INTERNATIONAL LAW FRAMEWORKS, 4TH (2016)
Written by: The late David J. Bederman; Chimene Keitner Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: International Law
Book: 249

This fully revised, classic treatise explores the historical evolution and contemporary intricacies of international law. Still incisive and irreverent, it remains a readable and yet nuanced text for a variety of audiences, including university and law school students, practitioners, researchers, and others who want to know what international law is and what it does in the twenty-first century. The fourth edition features new authorship and weaves in-depth considerations of key cases, core disputes, and essential international agreements into a broad overview of all important aspects of the subject. Readers will find an authoritative discussion of traditional topics such as the sources of international law and the methods of international dispute resolution alongside cutting-edge issues such as cyberwarfare, global migration, climate change, and the evolving law of jurisdiction and immunities in domestic courts.

ISBN 9781634592932

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BUERGENTHAL AND MURPHY'S PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW IN A NUTSHELL, 5TH (2013)
Written by: Thomas Buergenthal; Sean D. Murphy Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: International Law
Book: 252

This fifth edition of Public International Law in a Nutshell is a concise yet accurate summary of the field of public international law, covering its basic sources, actors, and procedures, and key subject matter areas, such as human rights, the law of the sea, international environmental law, the law of war, and U.S. foreign relations law. This edition is fully updated to include recent treaties, institutions, and Supreme Court decisions.

ISBN 9780314279965

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DAMROSCH AND MURPHY'S INTERNATIONAL LAW, CASES AND MATERIALS, 6TH (2014)
Written by: Lori F. Damrosch, Sean D. Murphy Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: International Law
Book: 467

This classic international law coursebook has been updated to cover recent case law, including the International Court's Extradite or Prosecute (Belgium v. Senegal) case, and the Supreme Court's decisions in Samantar v. Yousef (on foreign sovereign immunity) and Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (on the Alien Tort Statute). With extraordinary range and depth, this text probes "hot topics" such as the Syrian civil war, the seizure of pirates, and the ICC's indictments of African leaders, all calculated to provoke engaging classroom discussions. This text is designed for introductory and advanced classes, with detailed readings on the structure and actors of international law and on specialized areas.

ISBN 9780314286437

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JANIS AND NOYES INTERNATIONAL LAW AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2017)
Written by: Mark Weston Janis; John E. Noyes Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: International Law
Book: 250

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ISBN 9781634602938

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JANIS AND NOYES'S INTERNATIONAL LAW, CASES AND COMMENTARY, 5TH (2014)
Written by: Mark Weston Janis; John E. Noyes Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: International Law
Book: 471

This book introduces the history and nature of international law and examines its sources—treaties, customary international law, general principles, jus cogens, and equity—and the different forums in which it is interpreted and applied. It also covers important fields of international law: individual and human rights; recognition and self-determination; war and peace; and more. It examines U.S. cases on the application of international law in the U.S. legal system, the proliferation of international courts and tribunals, the responsibility of states and international organizations, and the International Criminal Court.

ISBN 9780314280411

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MURPHY'S PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, 2D (2012)
Written by: Sean D. Murphy Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: International Law
Book: 98

This fully-updated second edition provides a comprehensive survey of public international law, with useful references throughout to current events, classic and contemporary cases and scholarship. It is designed as a stand-alone text or as a complement to all the major casebooks on the topic. The first section of the book addresses the fundamental structure, actors, and history of international law; the second section focuses on the interface of international law and national law; and the final section covers key subject matter areas: human rights, the law of the sea, international environmental law, international criminal law, and the use of force.

ISBN 9780314262684

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Intro to U.S. Law & Legal History

BURNHAM'S INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW AND LEGAL SYSTEM OF THE UNITED STATES, 6TH (2016)
Written by: William Burnham Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Intro to U.S. Law & Legal History
Book: 135

This text provides an introduction to U.S. law for anyone who seeks a "big picture" of the law and legal system, including undergraduate and graduate students. Not a casebook, it explains the major substantive areas of the law in narrative form with citations to cases and sources for additional detail. In addition to covering the principal substantive areas of the law, the book has chapters on: essential basic history and governmental structure necessary to an understanding of the legal system; the legal profession; the theory and practice of the adversary system of justice; and statutory interpretation and case law reasoning.

ISBN 9781634602075

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ESKRIDGE'S INTERPRETING LAW: A PRIMER ON HOW TO READ STATUTES AND THE CONSTITUTION (2016)
Written by: William N. Eskridge, Jr. Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Intro to U.S. Law & Legal History
Book: 256

"Interpreting Law" is an accessible introduction to statutory and constitutional interpretation by the nation's leading legislation scholar. This concise treatise not only identifies the primary "canons" or precepts that guide interpretation, but demonstrates how they operate and interact, as a matter of both practice and evolving aspiration. Unlike earlier academic treatises, which rummage through a potpourri of often arcane Supreme Court decisions, Professor Eskridge's new book focuses on a statute prohibiting "vehicles" in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. Each chapter engages the reader to consider the application of the statute and its statutory and institutional context to a wide and often delightful array of situations. As the preface by Justice John Paul Stevens suggests, the reader will emerge from this book with a deeply enriched understanding of—and excitement about—legal interpretation.

ISBN 9781634599122

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GINSBURG'S INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND LEGAL REASONING, 2ND (2015)
Written by: Jane C. Ginsburg Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Intro to U.S. Law & Legal History
Book: 255

This coursebook serves an undergraduate course in introduction to legal reasoning. It is designed to initiate students in the legal methods of case law analysis and statutory interpretation, prompting students to take a critical distance from the wielding of the methods. It helps students acquire or refine the techniques of close reading, analogizing, distinguishing, positing related fact patterns, and criticizing judicial and legislative exposition and logic.

ISBN 9781634592284

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KLONOFF'S INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF U.S. LAW (2016)
Written by: Robert Klonoff Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Intro to U.S. Law & Legal History
Book: 254

This book introduces students to the highlights of the first-year curriculum at a U.S. law school. It is designed for an undergraduate pre-law course or for schools that train and certify paralegals. The first chapter summarizes the U.S. legal system, while the remaining seven chapters focus on foundational subjects: constitutional law, civil procedure, contracts, torts, property, criminal procedure, and criminal law. The book has numerous edited court cases, and contains notes, questions, and citations to sources for more in-depth study. All of the chapters contain notes and questions, highlighting important issues for discussion and providing citations to cases, articles, and other materials for more in-depth study.

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ISBN 9781628101676

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Legal Reasoning

GINSBURG'S INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND LEGAL REASONING, 2ND (2015)
Written by: Jane C. Ginsburg Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Legal Reasoning
Book: 258

This course book serves an undergraduate course in introduction to legal reasoning. It is designed to initiate students in the legal methods of case law analysis and statutory interpretation, prompting students to take a critical distance from the wielding of the methods. It helps students acquire or refine the techniques of close reading, analogizing, distinguishing, positing related fact patterns, and criticizing judicial and legislative exposition and logic.

ISBN 9781634592284

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Religion and the Law

BERG'S THE STATE AND RELIGION IN A NUTSHELL, 3D (2016)
Written by: Thomas C. Berg Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Religion and the Law
Book: 262

Expert narrative describes and analyzes the religious freedom issues that have occupied the Supreme Court's attention in recent decades and exploded into public debate in recent years. The text explains principles and analyzes categories of cases using a framework based on three fundamental values: choice in religious matters, equality of treatment, and separation of church and state. Provides historical perspective and explains how the First Amendment's Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause interact. Also analyzes legislative provisions on religious freedom, which have caused widespread controversy in recent years, as well as state constitutional provisions. Useful for law students, practitioners, and interested laypersons.

ISBN 9781634602808

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CONKLE'S RELIGION, LAW, AND THE CONSTITUTION (2016)
Written by: Daniel O. Conkle Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Religion and the Law
Book: 266

This creative and tightly reasoned book brings a measure of coherency to this controversial and seemingly chaotic field of law. It begins by recounting the history of American religious liberty, from its Lockean origins to the First Amendment to the present day. Drawing upon that history, it identifies a set of embedded and evolving constitutional values: religious voluntarism, respect for religious identity, religious equality, and freedom of religious speech, as well as broader structural values such as preserving tradition, protecting government from religion, and protecting religion from government. The book returns to these values time and again as it explores and evaluates the Supreme Court's contemporary First Amendment doctrine under the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses, as well as its protection of religious speech under the Free Speech Clause. A separate chapter discusses other important sources of religious freedom, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

The book provides comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of all of the major facets of the Supreme Court's decisionmaking, including the Court's general doctrinal tests as well as its rulings and reasoning in particular areas, for example, concerning prayer and religious instruction in the public schools, religious symbolism in other settings, legislative prayer, financial aid to religious schools and organizations, and claims for religious exemptions under RFRA and RLUIPA. It provides selective coverage of lower court decisions as well, for instance, under the land use provisions of RLUIPA. It also includes references to leading academic works. In its concluding chapter, the book highlights ongoing developments in the American religious landscape and explains how they might affect the future of religious liberty in the United States.

ISBN 9781634597647

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Sex & Gender Law

BOWMAN, ROSENBURY, TUERKHEIMER, AND YURACKO'S FEMINIST JURISPRUDENCE, CASES AND MATERIALS, 4TH  (2011)
Written by: Cynthia Grant Bowman; Laura A Rosenbury; Deborah Tuerkheimer; Kimberly A Yuracko Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Sex & Gender Law
Book: 95

This coursebook introduces students to feminist jurisprudence. The first three chapters develop the historical range of feminist theories. Subsequent chapters examine topics such as violence, reproduction, intimate relationships, children, employment, and education. Extensive readings, cases, and text notes encourage detailed, rigorous analysis and critical thinking.  

ISBN 9780314264633

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ESKRIDGE AND HUNTER'S SEXUALITY, GENDER AND THE LAW, 3D (2011)
Written by: William N. Eskridge Jr.; Nan D. Hunter Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Sex & Gender Law
Book: 93

This coursebook offers professors and students a doctrinally comprehensive, theoretically ambitious, and up-to-date exploration of the treatment of sexuality and gender in American public law. Much shortened as well as updated, the Third Edition starts with a doctrinal overview before focusing tightly on Lawrence v. Texas (the leading sodomy case) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (the leading abortion case) and the post-Lawrence and post-Casey treatment of sexuality and gender in the law. Especially exciting are the casebook's novel materials on the new liberty arguments in favor of discrimination against gay people and women, increasing documentation of discrimination against transgendered people and the law's evolving response, the campaign materials supporting California Proposition 8 and the exciting litigation seeking to overturn California's new ban against same-sex marriage, the "T-shirt wars" in American high schools and the tough First Amendment issues raised therein, the clashes between religion and gay-friendly rules, and the road toward the end of the military's exclusion of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals, as well as the military's continued discrimination against intersex and transgender persons. There is no area of legal inquiry more interesting and more relevant to people's lives than Sexuality, Gender, and the Law. And the Eskridge and Hunter coursebook offers up these treasures in a volume that has fewer pages but more insights than ever before.  

ISBN 9781599414126

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GILREATH AND LAVELLE'S SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND IDENTITY: POLITICAL AND LEGAL ANALYSIS (2016)
Written by: Shannon Gilreath; Lydia E. Lavelle Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Sex & Gender Law
Book: 269

Sexual Orientation and Identity: Political and Legal Analysis provides a comprehensive understanding of the status of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans today. The book engages students directly with important decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts to trace the development of rights pertaining to sexual orientation and identity, providing extended discussion of LGBT youth and schools; freedom of speech and expression; employment; discrimination; and marriage and family. The book emphasizes the important interface between law and the democratic political process in expanding the equality of the LGBT community.

ISBN 9781634603584

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Political Science/Pre-Law » Social Justice

BANKS, FORDE-MAZRUI, CHARLES, AND RODRIGUEZ'S RACIAL JUSTICE AND LAW, CASES AND MATERIALS (2016)
Written by: Ralph R. Banks; Kim Forde-Mazrui; Guy-Uriel Charles; Cristina M. Rodriguez Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Social Justice
Book: 339

White Supremacy pervades American history. Moreover, notwithstanding landmark civil rights gains and egalitarian aspirations, America remains segregated and unequal. This book examines the role of law in reinforcing and ameliorating racial injustice. Although surveying key historical precedents, its primary focus is the present. The book examines contemporary controversies across a variety of settings, animated by three fundamental questions: What is the current racial order? To what extent is it unjust? How can law and legal actors advance a more racially just order? The book uses cases, statutes and other sources of law, supplemented by problems and exercises, to equip students to both critique and construct pragmatic solutions to race-related controversies.

ISBN 9781609302306

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BROWN'S CRITICAL RACE THEORY: CASES, MATERIALS, AND PROBLEMS, 3D (2014)
Written by: Dorothy A. Brown Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Social Justice
Book: 272

This coursebook examines cases through the analytical framework of critical race theory. The third edition includes a new chapter on racial bias and the judiciary and a focus on fighting racism in the 21st century. There is a separate chapter on torts, contracts, criminal procedure, criminal law and sentencing, property, and civil procedure. It also examines cases where race is not always obvious, showing how race is often relevant even where it may initially appear not to be relevant. Lastly, the book provides cases where the courts have applied a critical race theory perspective.

ISBN 9780314287519

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PEREA, DELGADO, HARRIS, STEFANCIC AND WILDMAN'S RACE AND RACES: CASES AND RESOURCES FOR A DIVERSE AMERICA, 3D (2014)
Written by: Juan F. Perea; Richard Delgado; Angela P. Harris; Jean Stefancic; Stephanie M. Wildman Subject Area: Political Science/Pre-Law
Category: Social Justice
Book: 273

This coursebook presents interdisciplinary, critical perspectives on race and racism and covers the roles of law and history in shaping the meanings of race in the United States. Updates the second edition with new material on: President Obama's election and "post-racialism"; important studies of implicit bias; the Voting Rights Act and allegedly race-neutral restrictions on voting; recurring violence against and harassment of Latino immigrants; book-banning in Arizona; and demographic changes and their implications. Includes new cases such as Shelby County v. Holder and Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, current statistics, and updated references. Features rich historical treatment of major racialized groups in the United States: African Americans, Indians, Latinos/Latinas, Asian Americans, and Whites. Contains chapters on differing implications of enslavement, conquest, colonization, and immigration, as well as on equality, education, freedom of expression, family and sexuality, stereotyping, and crime.

ISBN 9780314285485

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