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Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, Fourth Edition, combines the traditional concepts taught in undergraduate criminal law courses with thought-provoking cases and engaging learning tools. This bestselling text covers both foundational and emerging legal topics, such as terrorism, gangs, cybercrime, and hate crimes, in a student-friendly and approachable manner. Clear explanations of criminal law and defenses are complemented by provocative, well-edited cases and discussion questions that stimulate critical thinking and in-class discussion.
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Matthew Lippman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He has taught criminal law and criminal procedure for more than thirty years. He has also taught courses on civil liberties, law and society, and terrorism and currently teaches international criminal law at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He earned a doctorate in political science from Northwestern University and a master of law from Harvard Law School, and he is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He has been voted by the graduating seniors at UIC to receive the Silver Circle Award for outstanding teaching on six separate occasions and also has received the UIC Flame Award from the University of Illinois Alumni Association, as well as the Excellence in Teaching Award, Teaching Recognition (Portfolio) Award, and Honors College Fellow of the Year Award. The university chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honors society, named him Criminal Justice Professor of the Year on three occasions. In 2008, he was recognized as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Master Teacher. He was honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which named him Commencement Marshal at the May 2012 graduation. Professor Lippman is also recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Professor Lippman is author of one hundred articles and author or co-author of six books. These publications focus on criminal law and criminal procedure, international human rights, and comparative law. He also is author of five other SAGE volumes, Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies (4th ed., 2016), Criminal Procedure (3rd ed., 2017), Essential Criminal Law (2nd ed. 2017), Law and Society (2d. ed. 2018), Criminal Evidence (2016) and Striking the Balance: Debating Criminal Justice and Law (2018). His work is cited in hundreds of academic publications and by domestic and international courts and organizations. He has also served on legal teams appearing before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, has testified as an expert witness on international law before numerous state and federal courts, and has consulted with both private organizations and branches of the U.S. government. Professor Lippman regularly appears as a radio and television commentator and is frequently quoted in leading newspapers. He has served in every major administrative position in the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice at UIC, including department head, director of undergraduate studies, and director of graduate studies.Review:
"Concisely written"--Janet A. Heuer
"Easy to Understand"--Charlotte Paden
"I like your legal equations - they are concise, broadly cover the elements, and students are drawn to them and understand them." --Tim Kozyra
"I use all the cases in the chapters I cover . . . the Cases and Comments features are also helpful." --Cathy Rosen
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