Florida State University LAW 5502
Deana Pollard-Sacks – Fall, 2010
Cell phone: 713.927.9935
Room 103: Mon, Tue, Thurs
3:00 – 3:55 P.M.
2009) (Aspen Publishers, ISBN 978-0-7355-7719-0).
ADDITIONAL COURSE MATERIALS:
Additional reading materials are available on
. Some additional reading is recommended if you are interested, but it is not
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.
final three-hour essay exam
of the final
grades. This will be a
exam covering all material assigned and discussed in
Exam date: December 10, 2010, 8:30 A.M.
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
. 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.
: 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
“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
– the most comprehensive or rights and the right most valued by civilized
Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 478 (1928) (Brandeis, J., dissenting) (emphasis added).