CHEM 15
The Work of the Supreme Court: A Simulation Winter 2020

Cross-listed JLST 15 / CHEM 15
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The objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the personal, theoretical, and institutional characteristics that impact the decision making process of the nation’s highest court. At the beginning of the course, the students will be provided with briefs, relevant decisions and other materials for a case currently pending before the court. Where possible, cases will be selected that address constitutional issues that also have a political and/or historical significance. Past examples include the constitutionality of provisions in the Affordable Care Act, rights of prisoners held in Guantanamo, the extent of First Amendment rights of students, and the applicability of the State Secrets doctrine to the country’s extraordinary rendition program. Four students (two on each side) will be assigned to prepare and present oral arguments to the “Court”, which will consist of the other eight students, each playing the role of a Supreme Court Justice. An instructor will act as the Chief Justice to coordinate the student Justices and keep them on focus. After the oral argument, the “Court” will confer and prepare majority and minority opinions, which will be announced in “open court” at the conclusion of the term. Adjunct Instructor Bio: Robert Groban is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, SDNY, and current partner in Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Adjunct Instructor Bio: Thomas Sweeney retired former litigator with Hogan & Hartson and Hogan Lovells.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 12
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: short paper and final project or presentation; oral argument, or written court opinions
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: seniority
Materials/Lab Fee: $10 and approximately $45 for books
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
JLST 15 CHEM 15

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