Federal and State Courts in a Federal System (20366). 4 units. The “Federal Courts” play a central role in today’s political debates. The class will focus on the development of the identity, doctrine, and jurisprudence of the federal courts in relation to state courts and to the other branches of the federal government. To do so, the class will consider the degree to which the U.S. Constitution allocates authority among the branches of the federal government and among state, federal, and tribal courts. Questions of the meaning of national and of state “sovereignty” lace the materials. Beneath the sometimes dry discussions of jurisdictional rules and doctrines of comity lie conflicts about such issues as race, religion, the beginning and end of life, abortion, Indian tribal rights, and gender equality. In addition to considering the political and historical context of the doctrinal developments, the class will examine the institutional structures that have evolved in the federal courts, theories of federalism, current questions about the size and shape of the federal courts, the different methods for judicial selection and kinds of state and federal judges, as well as the effects of social and demographic categories on the processes of federal adjudication. On occasion, the class will also occasionally consider concepts of federalism comparatively. Class participation will be part of the final grade. No credit/fail option. Enrollment capped at seventy-five. Self-scheduled examination. J. Resnik.
SLB - 129 (Wed) SLB - 129 (Mon) Grade mode: graded CRN: 10086
Exam: 12/14/2015 - 12/22/2015 Questions available online Name or Id: Id Length: 8.5 hour(s)