Constitutional Law (LAW-503-001)
JD 2nd-year P-T only. Required class
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First Class Readings
For Class #1, Monday, August 29, please read: The Declaration of Independence in its entirety; the Constitution of the United States in its entirety; and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in its entirety. Homework Assignment: For the first class, prepare to discuss: (1) What are the radical, conservative and liberal features of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as you read them? What do these words mean with reference to Constitutional law? (2) What is the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution? (3) What is the most important branch of the national government from your reading of the Constitution? (4) What should be the Constitution governing our class discussion? We will form law firms in the first class in order to launch these discussions through small-group teamwork and brainstorming. If there are people you want to be in a firm with, please sit nearby them. I look forward to meeting you all!For Class #2, Wednesday, August 31, please read Marbury v. Madison (1803) – pp. 1- 9 in the Casebook. Law Firm Inquiry and Class Discussion: Why was this the best possible case in which to declare the doctrine of judicial review of the constitutionality of federal laws? What was the “genius” of Chief Justice Marshall’s decision? Should all of the issues ruled upon in the case actually have been reached given the final result? Should Chief Justice Marshall have recused himself? Is judicial review intrinsically conservative or liberal or neither? Please discuss these questions in your firms to get ready class.
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