Today in 1789 Congress approved 12 amendments to the Constitution

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • September 25, 2017

Now  known as the Bill of Rights the U.S. Congress approved 12 amendments to the Constitution on September25, 1789.  These amendments were then sent to the states for ratification. 10 of the amendments were ratified and became part of the …

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The First Monday in October

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • October 5, 2015

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) starts the court’s 2015-2016 today – the First Monday in October. The term will last until late June/early July. There are several sources to keep current with SCOTUS activity.
1. The Court’s website is …

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10 Misconceptions About the Constitution – and a Test

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • September 22, 2015

One of the best items to be posted in honor of Constitution Day 2015 (September 17) was an ABA Journal news article, “10 Misconceptions About the Constitution.”  If you think you know a lot about the drafting and …

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Constitutional Law Prof Blog

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • August 24, 2013

Returning 2Ls are diving into Constitutional Law textbooks as the semester begins.  Here’s a good way to get out of the case book, see what some other Con Law professors are saying about the latest court decisions and other developments, …

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Cats and the Commerce Clause

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • December 15, 2012

Last week, while law students around the country studied Commerce Clause cases for finals, a federal appeals court decided a case on my favorite related subject, feline law. More precisely the court expounded on legendary author Ernest Hemingway’s cats–about 50 …

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Icelanders approve a crowdsourced Constitution

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • October 24, 2012

Social media is slowly but surely making its way into every aspect of our lives.  Now, Iceland, who has been soliciting “crowdsourcing” to make changes to its Constitution, has just approved their collaborative approach to the law of the land. 

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Constitution Day 2012

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • September 15, 2012

Monday is the 225th birthday of the U.S. Constitution, or more accurately, of its signing by the Constitutional Convention delegates before it went out for ratification by the states.  In 2004, Congress passed legislation requiring that “[e]ach educational institution that …

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Maples v. Thomas: A Cautionary Tale

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • January 19, 2012

Today the United States Supreme court decided a case that is both high profile and right on point for aspiring law students, at the intersection of constitutional law and professional responsibility.  Maples, an  Alabama death row inmate challenging his murder …

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Constitutions

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • January 21, 2011
After hearing the House of Representatives read our Constitution, I started thinking about other countries constitutions.
One great resource for exploring the world’s constitutions in HeinOnline’s new database World Constitutions Illustrated . It includes the current constitution for every country …

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Constitutional Law–Web Resources

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • August 28, 2010

For those absorbed in Constitutional Law this semester, there are some good background resources out on the Web. One of my favorites is “The American Constitution – A Documentary Record.” Part of Yale Law Library’s Avalon Project, …

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