Supreme Court from Warren to Roberts

Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

The Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren is remembered as having been one of the most activist courts in American history. During the years of Chief Justice Warren Burger, the Court seemed to lack a sense of direction, and the counter-revolution some observers had predicted never came about. What will be the legacy of the Court during the time of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist? What may we expect of the Roberts Court? Among the themes likely to be developed in this seminar are the origins of the Warren Court, that Court’s legacy, and the extent to which that legacy survives today; the relation between presidential politics and the work of the Court; the interplay between the Court and the country at large; specific doctrinal developments; the philosophies of the individual justices; and voting blocs and behavior on the Court.

During the semester, the seminar will pay a visit to the Supreme Court. We will hear oral arguments, meet with UVA graduates clerking at the Court, and have a private audience with Justice Kennedy.

Course Requirements

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Supreme Court Justices and the Art of Judging
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: While this seminar is scheduled from 3:40 to 5:40 p.m. on Mondays, selected class sessions will be held at Professor Howard's home. To allow travel time, students are asked to avoid enrolling in classes that end later than 3:10 p.m. on Mondays.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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