Constitutional Governance and Judicial Power tells the story of the
Court, from its founding at the dawn of statehood to modern-day rulings
on issues such as technology, privacy, and immigrant rights. In this
comprehensive history, we see the Court’s pioneering rulings on the
status of women, constitutional guarantees regarding law enforcement,
the environment, civil rights and desegregation, affirmative action, and
tort liability law reform. Here too are the swings in the Court’s
center of gravity, from periods of staunch conservatism to others of
vigorous reform. And here is the detailed history of an extraordinary
political controversy centered on the death penalty and Chief Justice
Rose Bird. California has led the way in many varied aspects of American
life, including the law. Constitutional Governance and Judicial Power
gathers the many strands of legal history that make up the amazing story
of the California Supreme Court.
A list of contributors is available here, alongside advance reviews by Gerald Uelman and the late Kevin Starr, among others.