Professor Doni Gewirtzman
In this experiential seminar, students work in-role to adjudicate a selected sample of cases that are currently pending before the United States Supreme Court or lower courts. Over the course of the semester, students are organized as "the Court" and assume the role of “Justices” to review the actual briefs filed by litigants, research relevant authorities, and meet as a court during regularly scheduled conference sessions to consider cases, vote on an outcome, and assign drafters of majority and concurring and dissenting opinions. With each completed set of written opinions, students will reconvene to reflect on the decisions and the issues they raised. While the selection of cases will vary, it is expected that the course will address major unresolved questions in constitutional law, criminal law, civil liberties, and federalism.
Pre-requisite: Introduction to