Public Law in the Roberts Court

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Spring 2015 Seminar
Meets: W 10:00am - 12:00pm in WCC Room 3009
2 classroom credits

We will discuss the most important and interesting public law opinions of the Roberts Court, including both constitutional and administrative law. We will pay special attention to the structure of government, to decisionmaking procedures, and to the allocation of authority between the judiciary and other actors. Specific topics will include the separation of powers, judicial review of executive action, the powers of Congress and the federal government as a whole, the enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment, and free speech. Students will write short discussion papers on topics of their choice.

Subject Areas: Government Structure & Function , Legal & Political Theory , Legal History .