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C ONSTITUTIONAL L AW II I NDIVIDUAL R IGHTS : E QUAL P ROTECTION AND F REEDOM OF S PEECH FALL 2009 Prof. Sylvia R. Lazos Office: 702-895-0481 [email protected] C OURSE D ESCRIPTION 1. TEXT: Class handouts, including powerpoint slides and the Professor’s class notes that are shared with the class, will be considered class materials. I highly recommend that you read concurrently the recommended hornbook, Erwin Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law: Principles & Policies. Wikipedia has many good articles, but I cannot vouch for their accuracy. There are many good websites that provide very good summaries of key cases, but again, make sure that you are not looking at “garbage.” 2. GOALS: This is the main law school course on individual rights – though a number of constitutional protections are covered in separate courses: Criminal Procedure, First Amendment Rights, Constitutional Law I (substantive due process), Religious Freedom, etc. This course will cover the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of “equal protection of the laws,” and First Amendment freedom of speech – topics that are frequently tested on the Bar exam. This class is a foundation course. Lawyers are expected to know the constitutional law canon, by which I mean: a. What individual rights does/should the Constitution protect? b. What are the fundamental (unresolved) constitutional interpretative issues? c. How does one go about constructing a good constitutional interpretive argument that an individual has constitutional right X? 1 of 24 Con Law II - Fall 2009: Course Description Prof. Sylvia Lazos
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3. GRADING A. Final Exam. (60%) In the Final Exam, you may use only course materials, class handouts, your class notes and your own outline, meaning one in which no more than a total of four class members participated in preparing. Your grade will consist primarily of the final exam and the journal. You must also meet the requirements in (B) and (C) below. B. Class Participation (10%) Participation is strongly encouraged, even (especially) for those who might disagree with me on any particular issue. At least as to the interpretive issues raised by this course, there are no right answers, evidenced by the disagreement among the Supreme Court justices. My goal is to have us all share the same dilemmas and to pursue answers in a rational, compassionate, diligent, thorough, and knowledgeable way. Class participation will consist of: attendance ["call-backs" and interviews are important to you as second year students; please let me know ahead of time if you have conflicting scheduling problems], not surfing the web on your laptops during class (except when we are researching a problem together) not writing or responding to e-mail or IM’s during class, not laughing out loud inappropriately in class to jokes that arrive on your laptops, not talking to your neighbor during class discussions, case presentations, brief presentations
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