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Introduction Lecture Notes

Introduction Lecture Notes - 377a 1 Chapter 1 Lecture Notes...

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377a Chapter 1 Lecture Notes Introduction Chapter Organization Important Concepts and Definitions Chapter Organization Brief Introduction to the Chapter and Its Lesson The lesson is exemplified by the excerpted reading There are 100s of other excerpts that the lesson applies to as well! Legal Excerpt Edited to make reading easier E.g., Eliminated citations to earlier legal cases and statutes E.g., Revised the actual language of the text Chapter Analysis and Implications Section Ties behavioral/social knowledge to legal issues Important Concepts and Definitions Sources of Law U.S. Constitution Supreme law of the land: U.S. Supreme Court is the final interpreter of the meaning of the Constitution Divides power between the States and Federal government First 10 (of 27) Amendments to the Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights Disputes as to its meaning usually center on: determining intent of the signers, and how to apply a document that is more than 200 years old (at least the first 10 Amendments) to current facts State Constitutions Each State has its own constitution Federal & State Statutes (i.e., legislation) Passed by Congress and State Legislatures Federal & State Court Decisions (AKA case law; common law) The courts are responsible for interpreting and applying the relevant law to disputes that are brought before it. Federal and State courts are divided into a 3 part hierarchy -Trial; Appellate; and Supreme Court U.S. Supreme Court (Federal) State Supreme Court, although a state may call it by another name (e.g., New York) Administrative Law 1
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377a U.S. (Federal) and State agencies (e.g., Federal or State Department of Revenue) Types of Administrative Law Rules Regulations Decisions Orders Opinions In addition to federal and state law, there also is: Local law (county and municipal) E.g., traffic laws, building codes International Law
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