Michael D. Ramsey

               Professor of Law, University of San Diego Law School

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Constitutional Law I, Spring 2017 Course Webpage

 

COURSE OVERVIEW

 

Class Meetings:    Monday & Wednesday,10:00 am - 11:50 am, Courtroom

 

Office Hours:     Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 am to 9:45 am and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Room 319, Warren Hall

                                  

Textbook:  Textbook:  Kathleen Sullivan & Noah Feldman, Constitutional Law (19th edition, Foundation, 2016). Additional assignments may be made from materials available online.

 

Note:  The earlier edition of the casebook (18th edition 2013) is not an acceptable substitute.

 

INFORMATION REGARDING COURSE SCHEDULE

 

This space will be used for announcements regarding class cancellations, make-ups, optional events of interest, and other updates regarding the course schedule.

 

Writing Assignment #3 [available below] is due at 9:00 am on Tuesday, April 25.

 

This course will meet at its regular time and place on Monday, April 24, 2017, and will have its final meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (at 10:00 am).  There is no class meeting on Wednesday, April 26.

 

 

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

 

This space will be used to post assignments for each class meeting; these assignments will also be announced in class.  After the first assignment, assignments will be keyed to the course Reading Lists.  The Reading Lists for Unit 1 (Separation of Powers), Unit 2 (Federalism) and Unit 3 (First Amendment) are available below.

 

No new assignment for Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  We will cover Texas v. Johnson and Barnes v. Glen Theatre from the prior assignment, and then go over the Writing Assignment.

 

Assignment for Monday, April 24, 2017

 

Reading List Part IX, focus on O’Brien, Texas v. Johnson, and Barnes v. Glen Theatre

We will begin by discussing Adderly and related cases from the prior assignment.

 

Writing Assignment #3 (First Amendment) [available below] is due on Tuesday, April 25, at 9:00 am.

 

Assignment for Wednesday, April 19, 2017

 

Reading List Part VIII.E

 

No class Monday, April 17, 2017 (Easter holiday)

 

Assignment for Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 

Reading List Part VIII A, B, C, &  D

 

Assignment for Monday, April 10, 2017

 

Reading List Part VII

 

Assignment for Wednesday, April 5, 2017

 

Reading List Part VI, focus on Sullivan, Gertz, Hustler v. Falwell and Snyder v. Phelps.

We will start with Cohen from the prior assignment.

 

Assignment for Monday, April 3, 2017

 

Reading List Part V, focus on Chaplinsky, Cantwell, Feiner and Cohen.

 

Assignment for Wednesday, March 29, 2017

 

Reading List Part IV, focus on Brandenburg and the Pentagon Papers case.

 

Assignment for Monday, March 27, 2017

 

Reading List Part III, focus on the hypothetical [available below]

 

Assignment for Wednesday, March 22, 2017

 

New Reading List (Unit 3 - First Amendment) [available below], Part I (skim) and Part II (focus on Employment Division v. Smith and Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. Hialeah)

 

Assignment for Monday, March 20, 2017

 

Writing Assignment #2 (Federalism) [available below] is due on Monday, March 20 at 9 am.

Reading List  Part VIII

 

Assignment for Wednesday, March 15, 2017

 

Reading List Part VII, focus on Philadelphia v. New Jersey, Hunt and Kassel

 

Assignment for Monday, March 13, 2017

 

Reading List Part VI, focus on the cases in the supplemental reading.

 

No class Monday, March 6 or Wednesday March 8 (Spring Break)

 

Assignment for Wednesday, March 1, 2017

 

Reading List Part V, focus on New York v. United States and Printz v. United States.

 

Assignment for Monday, February 27, 2017

 

Reading List Part III.D (hypotheticals).

Reading List Part IV A & B, focus on South Dakota v. Dole and NFIB v. Sebelius.

 

Assignment for Wednesday, February 22, 2017

 

Federalism Reading List, Part III A, B, & C, focus on Lopez, Morrison, Raich, and NFIB v. Sebelius

We will begin by discussing Wickard v. Filburn from the prior assignment.

 

Assignment for Monday, February 20, 2017

 

Federalism Reading List, Part II, focus on Schechter and Wickard

 

Assignment for Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 

Federalism Reading List, Part I, focus on McCulloch v. Maryland

 

Assignment for Monday, February 13, 2017

 

Reading List Part V.F, focus on Zivotofsky v. Clinton

Writing assignment #1 [available below] is due on Monday, February 13, at 9:00 am.

 

Assignment for Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

 

Reading List Part V.D & E, focus on hypotheticals [available below] plus Massachusetts v. EPA from prior reading.

 

Assignment for Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

 

Reading List Part V.A, B & C, focus on Lujan and Clapper

 

Assignment for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

 

Reading List Part IV, focus on Marbury v. Madison

 

Assignment for Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

 

Reading List Part III.C & D, focus on the supplemental reading, especially Whitman v. American Trucking Ass’n, and the hypothetical (both available below).

 

Assignment for Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

 

Reading List Part III.A & B, focus on Chadha, Bowsher and Morrison.

 

Assignment for Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

 

Reading List Part II.E (focus on the hypothetical [download below]; do the hypothetical before reading Hamdi v. Rumsfeld).

Reading List Part II.F (focus on Clinton v. Jones and U.S. v. Nixon).

 

Assignment for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

 

Unit 1 Reading List, Part II.D, focus on Dames & Moore v. Regan and Zivotofsky.

 

No class Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 (King holiday)

 

Assignment for Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

 

Unit 1 Reading List, Part II.A, B & C, focus on the Steel Seizure Case. [Note: Supplemental Reading #1 is available below]

 

Assignment for first class meeting, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017:  download below. 

 

COURSE DOWNLOADS

 

Syllabus

Assignment for first class meeting (Jan.9, 2017)

Reading List -- Unit 1

 

Supplemental Reading #1: Historical Introduction to Executive Power (for 1/11)

Executive Power Hypothetical (Hypothetical #1) (for 1/23)

 

Supplemental Reading #2: Congressional Control over Administrative Agencies (for 1/30)

Legislative Power Hypothetical (Hypothetical #2) (for 1/30)

 

Standing Hypotheticals (Hypothetical #3) (for 2/8)

 

Writing Assignment #1 (separation of powers) (due 2/13 at 9 am)

 

Reading List -- Unit 2

Commerce Clause Hypotheticals (Hypothetical #4) (for 2/27)

Supplemental Reading #3: Gregory v. Ashcroft and Bond v. United States (for 3/1)

Supplemental Reading #4: Preemption (for 3/13)

 

Writing Assignment #2 (federalism) (due 3/20 at 9 am)

 

Reading List -- Unit 3

Establishment Clause Hypothetical (for 3/27)

 

Writing Assignment #3 (First Amendment) (due 4/25 at 9 am)