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Book Review: 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law

By Ivan J. Dominguez

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51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law

By Jeffrey S. Sutton
Oxford University Press (2018) 


In 51 Imperfect Solutions, Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, a distinguished judge who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, delivers an outstanding analysis of the role and interplay between the federal Constitution, the constitutions of the individual 50 states, and the law developed thereunder. This work is noteworthy for its clear, concise, and compelling analysis, and for what it offers those who study constitutional law and, importantly, those who practice law under those foundational documents in order to protect their clients’ individual liberties.

Judge Sutton makes the very strong case that state constitutional law is underutilized and, drawing upon his experience and analysis of the development of the law, confirms the often “second-tier status” of state constitutional claims. Furthermore, 51 Imperfect Solutions offers an extensive set of r

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