Week of Monday, August 25 through Friday,
Welcome to the class! I look forward to
working with you as we study the judicial process and how
the Constitution has been interpreted in the years since
1945. This course will be very challenging--you will be
doing the kind of work that law students do. Please plan
to allocate approximately 45 minutes to an hour each night
for homework, and keep a dictionary close by. But I
promise that if you keep up with the work and conference
when you are confused that you will find this to be an
extremely rewarding experience.
Monday, August 25, 2014 (30
Topic: Brief description of
class and Mr. Lewis. Demonstration of class forum.
Homework: Read the United States
Constitution. You can find a link to it on the class
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 (50
Topic: Refresher class about the U.S.
Homework: Read the two handouts on the class
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (40
Topic: More about the Constitution.
Discussion of how the Judicial system works. Discussion
of the reading.
Homework: Finish the reading if
Thursday, August 28, 2014 (50
Topic: More discussion of the two
packets, the court system and how the Supreme Court
works. Introduction to our first case.
Homework: Please read the articles I
handed out in class. We will discuss them tomorrow.
Friday, August 29, 2014 (40
Topic: Discussion of the reading. We
will read the syllabus of our first case together in
Homework: Read the case United
States v. Eichmann
(1990) 496 US 310. We will discuss it on
Monday. Make sure to read the opinion and the dissent. On Monday
we will collaborate on a “brief” of the case.