Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations

The Federal Courts and Law of Federal-State Relations law school casebook provides detailed information on federal courts and the law of federal-state relations. The first part of the book explores the intersection of federalism and separation of powers that provide the constitutional foundations of a modern Federal Courts course. Part II covers jurisdiction, and Part III deals with Federal Court enforcement of Federal rights. The final chapter is devoted to certain technically complex questions of remedial interaction, notably the relation of federal habeas corpus to § 1983.

Table of Contents includes:
Choice of Law in the Federal System;
The Power of the Federal Courts to Create Federal Law;
Congressional Control of the Federal Courts;
Subject Matter Jurisdiction;
Habeas Corpus ;
State Sovereign Immunity and the 11th Amendment;
42 U.S.C. § 1983;
Remedial Interactions.

How does federal law and state law come together?

Federal Law

Federal laws are those overseeing people in the United States of America. Federal regulations are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations. Federal courts oversee the regulations.

State Law

State laws apply just to people in a particular state. The state’s legislature creates and passes bills that the governor can then sign into law. State courts oversee state regulations.

State Law is Required to Conform to Federal Law

Each of the 50 states have their own system of laws and courts to look over:

  • Criminal matters
  • Family and divorce matters
  • Welfare or Medicaid matters
  • Inheritances or estates
  • Real estate, car licensing and other Property
  • Business issues and tax
  • Many More


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