Exam Type: No Exam. There will be a paper requirement of approximately 20 pages. The paper will not be due during the winter term, but instead on March 28. During the winter term, the students may also have to submit some very short "reaction emails" based on the readings.
In this course, we will analyze and discuss important Supreme Court opinions that have been issued since 2005 when John Roberts became Chief Justice. We will focus on leading decisions within several particular areas of the Court's post-2005 jurisprudence, including: war powers, campaign finance, religion, the health care law, equal protection/race, Second Amendment, Fourth Amendment, environmental law, marriage, federalism, separation of powers, and the death penalty. In so doing, we will also consider overarching jurisprudential principles such as methods of constitutional and statutory interpretation, the role of the courts in our constitutional structure, and stare decisis.
Note: The class will meet from January 2 through January 12 for two hours and 45 minutes each day. We will not meet on January 16 and 17.
The class will be limited to 24 students.