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Making Sense of the Constitution

Making Sense of the Constitution

A Primer on the Supreme Court and Its Struggle to Apply Our Fundamental Law

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Walter M. Frank


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In Making Sense of the Constitution: A Primer on the Supreme Court and Its Struggle to Apply Our Fundamental Law, Walter Frank tackles in a comprehensive but lively manner subjects rarely treated in one volume.

Aiming at both the general reader and students of political science, law, or history, Frank begins with a brief discussion of the nature of constitutional law and why the Court divides so closely on many issues. He then proceeds to an analysis of the Constitution and subsequent amendments, placing them in their historical context. Next, Frank shifts to the Supreme Court and its decisions, examining, among other things, doctrinal developments, the Court’s decision making processes, how justices interact with each other, and the debate over how the Constitution should be interpreted.

The work concludes with a close analysis of Court decisions in six major areas of continuing controversy, including abortion, affirmative action, and campaign finance.

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Walter M. Frank enjoyed a thirty-year career with the law department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, retiring as chief of commercial litigation in 2005. During his tenure, in addition to his litigation responsibilities, he negotiated leases for the World Trade Center and served as the Authority’s legal liaison to the New York State Legislature. Since retiring, he has published three law review articles focusing on the relationship between politics and constitutional law.