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August 23, 2019

ABA releases updated guide to understanding Fourth Amendment case law

CHICAGO, Aug. 23, 2019— Just published by the American Bar Association, “The Fourth Amendment Handbook, Fourth Edition” is the definitive guide to understanding Fourth Amendment case law. This newly updated edition, edited by Laurence A. Benner, includes 45 new Supreme Court decisions, delivered from January 2010 to January 2019. This period highlighted the controversial nature of the privacy rights guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment and their enforcement, especially in the digital age.

“The Fourth Amendment Handbook” includes a conceptualization of the Fourth Amendment for the case analyses within the book, a roster of the Supreme Court 1914-2019, a survey that includes information about each case and a chronological table of cases to help readers locate cases within the survey.

With detailed summaries of all Supreme Court Fourth Amendment decisions through January 2019, “The Fourth Amendment Handbook” is an excellent reference on the evolving history of the Fourth Amendment. Judges, law-enforcement officers and other members of the criminal justice community will find valuable information in this important resource.

Benner edited the updated edition of “The Fourth Amendment Handbook,” written by the late William W. Greenhalgh.  Benner is managing director of Criminal Justice Programs at California Western School of Law, where he co-founded the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, which operates the California Innocence Project and the Janeen Kerper National Trial Skills Academy. He currently teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Advanced Criminal Justice. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Benner was recently elected to The Fellows of the ABA in recognition of his service to the legal profession for more than 30 years.

This book was published in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Section. 

Title:                   The Fourth Amendment Handbook, Fourth Edition
Publisher:         ABA Book Publishing
Pages:                 183
Product Code:  5090166
ISBN:                    9781641054829
Size:                      8.5 x 11, Paperback
Price:                   $99.95
Orders:              800-285-2221 or

Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Francine Bennett at [email protected]. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Francine Bennett, ABA Book Publishing, 1050 Connecticut Ave N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036.

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