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8210 - Constitutional Litigation
Professor: Christopher J. Walker
Semester: 2012 Autumn
Second Writing Requirement? No
Professional Responsibility? No
Prerequisites: This course complements Federal Courts and Administrative Law. Students who plan to work in government will benefit from taking both those courses -- though neither is a prerequisite for this course.
Means of Assessment: exam
Constitutional Litigation is a course in advanced and applied constitutional law. It focuses on one of the central ways in which constitutional claims are litigated: in lawsuits against public officials and local governments. The bulk of the course looks at litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. We will consider topics such as what it means to act “under color of state law”; absolute and qualified immunities; government liability for the acts of individual officials; remedies for constitutional violations, including monetary and injunctive relief; structural reform litigation; and the remedial issue nearest and dearest to many lawyers' hearts: attorney's fees awards. The course will also connect the substantive law to the practical and strategic choices a civil rights litigator makes before and during litigation.
This course is particularly useful for students who plan to work in government or in government-related public interest organizations as well as those who plan to clerk in federal courts. Due to its focus on litigation strategy in addition to substantive law, it is also a terrific course for students interested generally in a career in civil litigation.
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