James Weinstein


In the field of casebooks, there are few classics, but Gerald Gunther's Constitutional Law has long been viewed as one of them. More than twenty years ago it was heralded in the Harvard Law Review as "the Hart and Wechsler of constitutional law." After decades of solo authorship, Gunther is joined on the 13th edition by Kathleen Sullivan, who was primarily responsible for revising (among other sections) the chapters on freedom of expression. This partnership has succeeded in improving what was already perhaps the strongest section of the book. This Review examines the organization of the free expression materials, considers the selection and editing of cases, and comments on the notes and questions. But this casebook is not merely a teaching tool; it is also a scholarly work bristling with ideas. At the end of thisRreview, the author will identify and engage an overarching view that finds expression in the notes and more subtly in the organization of the free speech material.