Author Archive: Josh Blackman

BOOK TALK AND SIGNING AT HERITAGE FOUNDATION: On November 13 at noon, the Heritage Foundation will host a book forum for me and Randy Barnett. We will sign copies of “Introduction to Constitutional Law” afterwards. The event is free and open to the public. You can register here. Order a copy today! Or, if you are in a hurry, you can download the E-Book or stream the videos.

TODAY IN SUPREME COURT HISTORY | 10/11/1972: Roe v. Wade argued.

TODAY IN SUPREME COURT HISTORY | October 8, 1888: Chief Justice Melville Fuller takes the judicial oath.

TODAY IN SUPREME COURT HISTORY | October 7, 1982: I.N.S. v. Chadha was argued.

Introducing Randy Barnett and I are pleased to launch We built this interactive site as a a supplement to our new book, An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know. We built four innovative new features to teach about constitutional law.

  • 100 Supreme Court Cases: We developed an interface to display our 100 cases both chronologically, and by topic. This feature allows students to quickly scroll through two centuries of Supreme Court decisions, or to study the leading cases within each of the 15 topics in the book.
  • The Justices: We developed a graphical interface to view all of the Justices. They are sorted by the appointing President.
  • Annotated Constitution: This feature allows students to quickly read the entire Constitution, and see what cases are associated with a particular clause.
  • Constitutional Places: Constitutional Places allows students to see what cases arose in a particular state. They can also check what Justices called that state home. Here, we localize constitutional law.

AN INTRODUCTION TO CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know, by Randy E. Barnett and Josh Blackman.

This book and video series teaches the narrative of constitutional law as it has developed over the past two centuries. All students even those unfamiliar with American history will learn the essential background information to grasp how this body of law has come to be what it is today. Our online library of sixty-three videos brings the Supreme Court’s one hundred most important decisions to life. These videos are enriched by photographs, maps, and even audio from the Supreme Court. The book and videos are accessible for all levels: law school, college, high school, home school, and independent study. Students can read and watch these materials before class to prepare for lectures or study after class to fill in any gaps in their notes. And, come exam time, students can watch the entire canon of constitutional law in about twelve hours. I will blog previews of our entire video catalogue in the intermediary days between Constitution Day and the first Monday in October.

The book is currently backordered on Amazon. Please order the paperback, and send a signal to our publisher to print more copies! Or, if you are in a hurry, you can download the E-Book or stream the videos.