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Spring 2023 Reading Group

Interpreting “The Judicial Power”

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

Article III is notoriously curt. This observation is particularly true with respect to its Vesting Clause. While Article I and Article II prescribe the powers of Congress and the President in some detail, Article III simply provides that “the judicial power of the United States shall be vested” in the Supreme Court and any other federal courts established by Congress. But what is the content of “the judicial power”? What authority does it grant and what limits does it place on the federal courts? This reading group will consider the meaning of this opaque but important constitutional text. Specific attention will be paid to the relationship between “the judicial power” and core federal courts doctrines.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10.