Spring 2022 Course Schedule

The Law of Democracy (LAW-707-001)
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Meets: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (W) - Yuma - Room YT14

Enrolled: 8 / Limit: 22

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Selected problems in constitutional law. Includes consideration of major recent decisions, as well as debates about modern constitutional theory.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Required Course Materials

1. The Law of Democracy by Issacharoff, Karlan and Pildes, Fifth Edition (“Casebook” or “CB”);

2. The Blue Book; and

3. Political Brands by Ciara Torres-Spelliscy (2019), which is available as an ebook: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?pcampaignid=books_read_action&id=Jj- tDwAAQBAJ.

4. Selected full Supreme Court cases and other materials indicated in the Syllabus below by an asterisk at the specified urls on Canvas.

First Class Readings

Class 1 (Wednesday January 12): The Constitutional Basis for Election Law Reading: *U.S. Constitution; Minor v. Happersett in CB pp. 17-22; *Elk v. Wilkins; *Mackenzie v. Hare.

Class 2 (Wednesday January 19): Avoiding the “Political Thicket” Reading: Giles v. Harris in CB pp. 44-47; Colegrove v. Green in CB pp. 160-165.


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