Congressional Procedure *COMPRESSED* (LAW-795CG-001)
Special Meeting Times: This class will meet at the following dates and times: February 2, 9a.m.-4:30p.m; February 23, 9a.m.-4:30p.m..
Just as civil procedure is essential to litigators, congressional procedure is important to Members of Congress, congressional staff, Government officials, and others who seek to influence or monitor legislation. Knowledge of congressional procedure amplifies the power of actors in Federal lawmaking. This course prepares students to understand the legislative process in Congress. Students learn how the House and Senate rules work, how committees function, how Senators and Members of Congress conduct floor debate, how congressional staff advise them, and how Congress addresses the budget, nominations, treaties, and impeachment. The course is designed to develop proficiency with key procedural techniques and foster skills in formulating legislative strategy, presenting ideas in succinct memoranda, and making effective oral presentations. Students will simulate a committee hearing, Senate floor debate and amendment, and meetings of Members of Congress with their staff. Students will play the roles of Senators, Members of Congress, and congressional staff. They will assess legislative goals, devise strategies to overcome likely procedural obstacles, and write concise memos and make short oral presentations to convey necessary information about their proposals to busy principals.
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First Class Readings
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