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Human Rights Casefinder

1953-1969 • the Warren Court Era


1. If you know the name of the case in which you are interested, look for it in the Alphabetical Table of Cases on pages 143-273. You can look under the name of the plaintiff or the defendant, but remember that some cases have had different names at different stages. (See Explanation, page 142.)

2. If you do not know the correct title of the case or do not find it in the Alphabetical Table of Cases, or if you are interested in a category of cases, look under the subject matter of the case in the Index to the Classification Scheme on pages 275-281.

3. If you do not find the subject matter of the case in the Index, or if you think conceptually, look for the subject matter in the Classification Scheme on pages 1-8. All cases are grouped under three broad categories: civil liberties (0-299), due process (300-499), and civil rights (500-608).

4. If you still cannot find the case or subject matter, please send a note to the editor. The case may not have been reported.

Sometimes it helps just to thumb through the book a little. You may find your case under a different category from the one you expected. Almost every constitutional law case contains several issues, and it is impossible to know which issue will be decisive until the court writes an opinion.

5. If you do not understand the words, symbols, abbreviations or references after the case title, look in the Abbreviations on page xv, Citations on page xi, and the Explanations on pages 9 and 142.

6. If you still have questions, call a law librarian, law school, or lawyer. They should be happy to answer your question because the law in a democracy should not use a secret language beyond the understanding of citizens.