January 2015
    Law No.: LAW7704
    Sched. No.: 115110028

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

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MTWR, 0900-1200 (SL366)
Capacity:12 **This information is current as of 05/25/2015 06:14:09 AM**
Current Enrollment:8 **This information is current as of 05/25/2015 06:14:09 AM**

Course Description:

This January term course meets Monday-Friday, January 12-16, 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 eval
uated 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. Among the cases considered will be one or more from the October 2013 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 b
e dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this J-term course must attend the first class session.
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Paper and class participation