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Con Law 2 Syllabus

Con Law 2 Syllabus - Constitutional Law II Florida State...

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Constitutional Law II Florida State University LAW 5502[2] Deana Pollard-Sacks – Fall, 2010 Cell phone: 713.927.9935 Email: [email protected] Room 103: Mon, Tue, Thurs 3:00 – 3:55 P.M. Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. (excluding lunch hour) TEXTBOOK: Stone, Seidman, Sunstein, Tushnet & Karlan, Constitutional Law (6 th ed. 2009) (Aspen Publishers, ISBN 978-0-7355-7719-0). ADDITIONAL COURSE MATERIALS: Additional reading materials are available on Westlaw . Some additional reading is recommended if you are interested, but it is not required. COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES : This course surveys the leading Supreme Court cases (and a few lower court cases) concerning the state action doctrine, individual rights, equal protection, and the First Amendment, including the religion clauses. Students should seek to understand the case holdings as well as the policies and principles upon which the opinions are based. The questions following the assignments are meant to aid your study and are representative of what may be covered in the exam. COURSE GRADES: A final three-hour essay exam will determine 100% of the final grades. This will be a closed-book exam covering all material assigned and discussed in class. Exam date: December 10, 2010, 8:30 A.M. CLASS ATTENDANCE & CONDUCT POLICY : The ABA requires class attendance, and the F.S.U. College of Law requires students to attend a minimum of 80 percent of classes to receive credit for the course. Attendance will be taken daily by way of a sign-in sheet. The College of Law’s Student Conduct Code is binding upon all law students. R eview http://www.law.fsu.edu/current_students/rules/studentconduct.pdf immediately . Please refrain from entering or exiting the classroom during class time. Please do not interrupt class by asking to be marked present if you miss the sign in sheet. A.D.A. STATEMENT : F.S.U. College of Law is ADA compliant. Please submit ADA documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center (850.644.9566), and notify Nancy Benavides, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, in writing of your need for accommodation during the first week of classes. “The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. . . . They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone – the most comprehensive or rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” 1 1 Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 478 (1928) (Brandeis, J., dissenting) (emphasis added). 1
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“[Ours is] a constitution intended to endure for ages to come, and, consequently, to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs.” 2 “Due process . . . has represented the balance . . . struck between [individual] liberty and the demands of organized society. . . . [H]aving regard to what history teaches are the traditions from which it developed as well as the traditions from which it broke.” 3 “Those who won our independence believed that the final end of the state was to make men free to develop their faculties . . . They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
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