Supreme Court from Warren to Roberts

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
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 Alito.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
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Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper via EXPO no later than noon on Dec. 7th.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Supreme Court Justices and the Art of Judging (9088)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: This class will meet entirely online. Class will take place synchronously via Zoom. Any additional remote learning details from the instructor will be posted to the course's Canvas page at a later date. OXFORD-STYLE CONFERENCES: I spent two years at Oxford, benefitting from Oxford’s famous tutorial system. This fall, I propose to blend a taste of that approach with the seminar’s regular sessions. Fairly early in the semester, I will invite each student to sign up for a one-on-one conference in the gazebo at my house (observing suitable social distancing). A student who would rather meet with me online will, of course, have that option. These conferences may last up to an hour, during which we can talk about your proposed research topic, your expectations of the seminar, your plan of study at the Law School, your future career objectives. These conferences will give me the chance to get acquainted with each student and, moreover, to shape the seminar’s coverage with the members’ individual interests in mind. Late in the semester, I may well have a second round of individual conferences, perhaps to be a sounding board as research on your paper takes shape.

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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