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Preface

Thank you for buying this book.

The CrunchTime Series is intended for people who want Emanuel quality, but don’t have the time or money to buy and use the full-length Emanuel Law Outline on a subject. I’ve designed the Series to be used in the last few weeks (or even less) before your final exams.

This new edition includes full coverage of the Supreme Court’s term that ended in June 2014. It features extensive coverage of several Supreme Court cases that have generated national attention, including:

  • N.L.R.B. v. Noel Canning, where the Court articulated some limits on the President’s power to make Recess Appointments of federal officers, but did not make wholesale cut-backs of this power as the Court’s conservative bloc urged;

  • Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, where the Court held that there is no equal protection problem when voters amend a state’s constitution to forbid racial preferences in public-university admissions; and

  • McCullen v. Coakley, where the Court struck down on First Amendment grounds a Massachusetts statute establishing a buffer zone around the entrances to abortion clinics in which no expressive activities were permitted to take place.

This book includes the following features, most of which have been extracted from the corresponding Emanuel Law Outline:

  • Flow Charts---I’ve reduced many of the principles of Constitutional Law to a series of 10 Flow Charts, created specially for this book and never published elsewhere. I think these will be especially useful on open-book exams. A list of all the Flow Charts is printed on p. 2.

  • Capsule Summary---This is a 144-page summary of the subject. I’ve carefully crafted it to cover the things you’re most likely to be asked on an exam. The Capsule Summary starts on p. 41.

  • Exam Tips---My team and I compiled these by reviewing dozens of actual past essay and multiple-choice questions asked in past law-school and bar exams, and extracting the issues and fine distinctions that surface most often on exams. The Exam Tips start on p. 189.

  • Short-Answer questions---These questions are generally in a Yes/No format, with a “mini-essay” explaining each one. The questions start on p. 257.

  • Multiple-Choice questions---These are in a Multistate-Bar-Exam style, and were adapted from The Finz Multistate Method, which is also published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. The questions start on p. 329.

  • Essay questions---These questions are actual ones asked on law school or bar exams. They start on p. 357. Sample answers are provided.

My deepest thanks go to my colleague at Wolters Kluwer, Barbara Roth, who has helped greatly to assure the reliability and readability of this book.

Good luck in your ConLaw course. If you’d like any other Wolters Kluwer publication, you can find it at your bookstore or at www.wklegaledu.com. If you’d like to contact me, you can email me at [email protected].

Steve Emanuel Larchmont, NY December 2014

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