The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

Main menu:

June 24, 2004

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, 512-471-7330
Book Contact: Facts On File, Inc., 132 West 31st Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10001,,, 1-800-322-8755

Mersky Releases New Book: Landmark Supreme Court Cases

Cover of Mersky's " Landmark Supreme Court Cases"

AUSTIN, Texas — Professor Roy M. Mersky, the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and Director of Research at the Law School, and co-authors Gary Hartman and Cindy L. Tate have released Landmark Supreme Court Cases: The Most Influential Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States (Facts On File, 2004). The book provides current, concise, and straightforward summaries of more than 350 of the most important and influential United States Supreme Court cases.

Ideal as a quick reference or starting point for further research, the book covers cases on such issues as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, civil rights, labor unions, abortion, antitrust and competition, due process, search and seizure, labor unions, executive privilege, and more. Organized A to Z by court case, each entry includes the case title and legal citation, year of decision, key issue, historical background, legal arguments, decision (majority and dissenting opinions), aftermath and significance, related cases, and recommended reading. Other features include a chronology of cases, an index of cases by both parties and popular titles, a subject index, a glossary of legal terms, and guidance on how to read a legal citation.

The book is currently available from Facts On File at special discounts when purchased in bulk quantities for businesses, associations, institutions, or sales promotions. Please call their special sales department at 212.967.8800 or 800.322.8755 (ISBN: 0-8160-2452-9). It is also available from

About the Authors:
Roy M. Mersky is the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, director of legal research, and law librarian at the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. His previous books include Fundamentals of Legal Research and Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Gary Hartman is associate dean for information technology and senior associate librarian at O'Quinn Law Library at the University of Houston.

Cindy L. Tate received a law degree from the University of Florida and currently is a practicing attorney at a San Antonio, Texas law firm.

Related Links:
About Professor Roy M. Mersky: