January 2014
    Law No.: LAW7704
    Sched. No.: 114110016

Judicial Philosophy in Theory and Practice (SC)
Section 1
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Bevier, Lillian R.
Thapar, Amul R.



Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MTWRF, 0930-1200 (WB129)
Credits:1Type:J-term
Capacity:15 **This information is current as of 04/23/2014 06:15:10 AM**
Current Enrollment:12 **This information is current as of 04/23/2014 06:15:10 AM**

Course Description:

This January term course meets Monday-Friday, January 13-17, with an optional dinner meeting at Professor BeVier’s home.

One of the most important roles of an attorney is to convince judges to rule for her client. An exceptional attorney tries to understand how a judge thinks before she sits down to write a brief or makes an argument. This course introduces students to the art of judging. Drawing on the instructors’ experience, it aims to explore all sides of the debate about what judges do, why they do what they do, and whether there is any standard by which judicial decision-making can be evaluated other than whether the decisions accord with one’s views or sense of what’s fair, reasonable, or good policy. The course will attempt to discern both the normative case and some of the appropriate occasions for judges—in particular, federal judges at all levels—to defer either to the letter of the law or to the decisions of other branches of government. Among the subject matters to be discussed are statutory and constitutional interpretation, the sources of law and information available to judges, and the ability of judges—especially at the Supreme Court level—to anticipate the future. The cases considered will include several from the October 2012 term.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Attendance at all class sessions is required, except for the optional dinner meeting. Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.
MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE with: Judicial Decision-Making: Judicial Modesty (SC)
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Paper and class
participation

Mutually Exclusive with: Judicial Decision-Making: Judicial Modesty (SC)