Constitutional Litigation Seminar (20259). 2 units. Federal constitutional adjudication from the vantage of the litigator with an emphasis on Circuit and Supreme Court practice and procedural problems, including jurisdiction, justiciability, exhaustion of remedies, immunities, abstention, and comity. Specific substantive questions of constitutional law currently before the Supreme Court are considered as well. Students will each argue two cases taken from the Supreme Court docket and will write one brief, which may be from that docket, but will likely come from a circuit court decision. Students will also join the faculty members on the bench and will, from time to time, be asked to make brief arguments on very short notice on issues raised in the class. Enrollment limited to twelve. J.A. Meyer and J.M. Walker, Jr.
Course Bidding: Students who have been accepted will be asked to confirm their commitment to the course before the beginning of the term. Attendance at all class meetings, including the first, is required unless specifically excused for a compelling reason. Any accepted students who decide not to take the class must so inform the instructors by 12 noon on September 1 (the day after the first class). Any waitlisted students who continue to be interested should attend the first class meeting on August 29, and only such waitlisted students who attend the first class meeting will be considered for any class openings.
Note: The first class meeting will be on Monday, August 29, at the Law School in SLB 108. Thereafter, the class will meet at 141 Church Street (directly across the Green from Old Campus) on the following dates: September 21, 22, 28, 29; October 5, 6; November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 30. All class meetings begin at 4:10 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. The break in the class schedule in the middle of the course (mid/late October) is designed to give students a time to write the brief that is required for the class.