Constitution in Times of Crisis (LAW-707E-001)
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This country is facing challenges that raise serious questions about our commitment to democracy, freedom, social justice, and the rule of law. The issues these challenges pose and the prospect of a new justice appointed by the President-elect, will force us to think hard about such fundamental matters as the powers of the president and Congress in our system of separated powers, our reaction to terrorism, racial justice and affirmative action, voting rights and other aspects of our troubled electoral system, LGBT issues, abortion and contraception, church state relations and more. Because all these either have or will come before the Supreme Court, the seminar will focus on recent Supreme Court and important lower court rulings as well as any relevant legislation. A paper is required and class participation is considered in grading. Enrollment is limited to 14.
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