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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Research Canons: Federal Courts & Civil Rights Law

Our next subject matters for the research canons project are Federal Courts and Civil Rights Law.  (See here for a discussion of the research canons project, including some newly added categories, dates, and links to previous installments.)  Please comment on the books and articles that are essential to a new academic in these fields.

Posted by Matt Bodie on October 4, 2006 at 08:01 AM in Research Canons | Permalink


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Meltzer, State Court Forfeitures of Federal Rights, 99 Harv. L. Rev. 1128 (1986).
Scalia, Standing as an Essential Element of the Separation of Powers, 17 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 891 (1983).

Posted by: Mike Dimino | Oct 27, 2006 11:03:01 AM

I know textbooks aren't the typical thing to list here but Hart & Wechsler's The Federal Courts and the Federal System has always seemed to me a major work in the field. One could argue that it pretty much created the field. Plus, it bears the imprimatur of so many great writers on the subject, not only the two original authors but also its current editors (Meltzer, Fallon, Shapiro).

Posted by: Dave | Oct 4, 2006 10:24:07 AM

For better or worse, Hart's Dialectic on the Power of Congress to Limit the Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts in the Harvard Law Review is still, to me, an all-time classic, as is Van Alstyne's Critical Guide to Ex parte McCardle in the Arizona Law Review, and Ely's Irrepressible Myth of Erie, also in Harvard.

Posted by: Steve Vladeck | Oct 4, 2006 8:06:02 AM

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