June is Constitutional Law Resource Month at the Harris County Law Library. We will feature items from our collection, including treatises, reference works, CLE course materials, form books, and other practitioner tools that may be useful in conducting constitutional law research. Three of our selected resources are highlighted here.
Constitutional Rights of the Accused, 2nd ed. / Joseph G. Cook, 1996
Constitutional Rights of the Accused, published by Thomson Reuters, addresses many frequently-litigated topics, several of which are mentioned here. In addition to the substantive content, this four-volume loose-leaf set features annotations, practice aids, cross-references, and a table of cases. The content is structured to track the progress of any criminal action, featuring chapters on detention and arrest, search and seizure, confessions, right to counsel, trial by jury, probation and parole, and double jeopardy. It was last updated in July 2015.
Constitutional Law Deskbook: Individual Rights / Richard Enslen, et al., 1993
The Constitutional Law Deskbook , a popular one-volume reference tool, condenses the fundamental elements of constitutional law into a handy and concise resource. Focusing specifically on aspects of the law that address our individual rights, it includes chapters on free speech, search and seizure, self-incrimination, and trial by jury, along with a discussion of equal protection and privacy. This volume was last updated in August 2015.
Bill of Rights Course, State Bar of Texas / Chad Baruch, 2012, 2015
The course materials for the Texas Bar Association’s annual CLE programs are an excellent and often untapped resource for research on a wide variety of legal topics. The Bill of Rights Course, in particular, contains useful information, presented by practicing attorneys, on specialized constitutional law topics. Two volumes have been selected for display in the library: Bill of Rights 2012 – Litigating the Constitution and Bill of Rights Course 2015 – Cutting Edge Controversies in Constitutional Law.