Constitutional Law Landmarks in Context
In this discussion group, we will go beyond judicial opinions to read books about some of the leading cases in constitutional law. 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 of the Supreme Court's most significant decisions. The books will include Richard Kluger's Simple Justice (about Brown v. Board), Anthony Lewis's Gideon's Trumpet (about Gideon v. Wainwright), Dale Carpenter's Flagrant Conduct (about Lawrence v. Texas) and Victoria Nourse's In Reckless Hands (about Skinner v. Oklahoma). Class meeting dates: To be determined by instructor. Begin in Winter Quarter and run through Spring Quarter. 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.