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Administrative Law

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A study of the administrative law process, concentrating upon the functions and procedures of federal administrative agencies and judicial review of agency actions. Specific topics will include the creation of agencies; their investigative, legislative, and adjudicatory power; and the control of agency action by the executive, legislative, and the judicial branches. Given the pervasive nature …


Advanced Constitutional Law: Theories and Interpretation

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This is a seminar in U.S. Constitutional theory. What is the “Constitution”? What institution or institutions – or non-institutional actors – are (or should be) charged with its authoritative interpretation? How should they go about the task? Who should have the final say? A range of scholarship on these and related topics will be considered. …


American Legal History

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This course explores the history of American law from 1607 to the present.  Among the most important topics examined in depth are: the reception of the English common law in the original thirteen colonies; constitutionalism and the American revolution; the Federalist era; the law’s role during the antebellum period in promoting industrialization and slavery; the …


Disputed Elections Seminar

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Exploration of the lawyer’s role in the political process; the relationship of political parties to the election process; and the interplay of legal requirements and the campaign and voting procedures.


Election Law

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The Supreme Court has long declared that the right to vote is fundamental, because it is preservative of all other rights. Yet for most of this country’s history, the voting rights of many Americans have been denied or diluted. This course will examine the right to vote in theory and practice, focusing especially on its …


First Amendment

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This course explores the First Amendment protection of freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of the press.  It focuses on the leading First Amendment cases that have established the doctrinal framework that gives political speech and other kinds of communication the most extensive protection found in any country in the world.


Fourteenth Amendment Seminar

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The Fourteenth Amendment conferred the right of citizenship upon people who had never before enjoyed it, promised equal protection of law, and fundamentally altered the relationship between the federal and state governments. This advanced course in constitutional law will examine current, recurrent, and lasting topics of interest under the Fourteenth Amendment. The course will consider …


Money & Politics Seminar

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The influence of money on the political process has been the subject of enormous controversy in recent years, most notably surrounding the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010).  This course addresses the role of money in politics, including the subjects of bribery, campaign finance, and lobbying.  We will address the …