Spring 2020 Course Schedule

Constitutional Powers of the Presidency (LAW-795PY-001)
Mark Rotenberg

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:20 PM (TuTh) - Capital - Room C217

Enrolled: 14 / Limit: 22

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The constitutional and legal order of our nation currently is under tremendous stress related to President Trump’s exercise of authority and congressional and judicial responses to it. This course focuses on the constitutional authority of the president, particularly when it conflicts with prerogatives of the legislative and judicial branches. Topics include impeachment; checks and balances and separation of powers theory; presidential authority over executive departments and “independent” agencies; appointments and removals of executive officials; President Trump’s immigration executive orders; war powers and targeted killings; executive privilege; independent counsel investigations; and the electoral college. We will also critically examine the lawyer's role in advising senior government officials in circumstances where law, politics, and policy considerations are intertwined.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Weekly topics and reading assignments appear in a separate Weekly Topics and Reading Assignments document. The casebook for this course is P. Shane, H. Bruff, N. Kinkopf, Separation of Powers Law (4th ed., 2018). All reading materials not found in the casebook will be available online.

First Class Readings

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