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Constitutional Law and Lawyers in Context

In this discussion group, we will go beyond judicial opinions to read books about some of the leading cases in constitutional law and the lawyers who litigated them. In the course of doing so, we will discuss what insights about constitutional law and lawyering can be distilled from exploring the historical context, participants, origins and aftermaths of some major cases and issues. The books will include Gilbert King's Devil in the Grove (about Thurgood Marshall's role in defending the "Groveland Boys" against accusations of rape in Florida in the 1940's); Anthony Lewis's Gideon's Trumpet (about Gideon v. Wainwright), Dale Carpenter's Flagrant Conduct (about Lawrence v. Texas); David Garrow's Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade (about Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade) and Victoria Nourse's In Reckless Hands (about Skinner v. Oklahoma). Begin in Winter Quarter and run through Spring Quarter. Class meeting dates: Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:30 pm, on Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 4, April 15, and May 13. Discussions will be held at Professor Schacter's home in Menlo Park. Elements used in grading: Class attendance at all sessions and class participation. DISCUSSIONS IN ETHICAL & PROFESSIONAL VALUES COURSES RANKING FORM: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Ranking Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students). See Ranking Form for instructions and submission deadline.

Instructors for this course (Past and Present)

Jane S. Schacter