Santa Clara University

Osher Lifelong Learning
The Divided Supreme Court: Challenging Issues in Current Supreme Court Jurisprudence—taught by Margaret Russell

This course will examine the current U.S. Supreme Court, focusing particularly on the impact of individual justices on the Court's evolving jurisprudence. Among the challenging issues examined will be campaign finance regulation (as affected by the January 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision); the Second Amendment/gun control (as affected by the 2008 DC v. Heller decision and the pending McDonald v. Chicago case); and school desegregation (as affected by the 2007 Parents v. Seattle Unified School District decision). We will also discuss the Court's jurisprudence on gay/lesbian rights, and a case that is likely to wind up before the Supreme Court: the federal same-sex marriage case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now in trial in San Francisco). Although taught by a law professor, the class lecture and discussion will focus on providing information in a "nonlawyerly" way for the generalist who wants to know more about the current Supreme Court.
Date:    Thursdays, Apr. 1, 15, 22, 29
Location: Loyola Hall/ 425 El Camino Real, Rm. 131
Time: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
Cost: $65

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