California Western -- Glenn Smith
Courses Taught - Glenn C. Smith

Administrative & Legislative Law

Constitutional Law I

Constitutional Law II

Current Issues in Constitutional Law


ADMINISTRATIVE & LEGISLATIVE LAW: SOURCES AND LIMITS OF REGULATORY AUTHORITY (3 units)
This course combines, in one comprehensive offering specially designed for the would-be public law practitioner, the essential topics previously taught in separate courses on Administrative Law and on Legislation.  Students will learn how to apply major administrative law doctrines in representing federal, state and local governmental agencies or clients with business before them.  In addition, students will learn the major approaches lawyers use in construing (and arguing about) the many statutes which control governmental agencies in the exercise of their ever-expanding authority.  Students will acquire a sophisticated understanding of how legislatures, administrative agencies and courts interact in the process of regulating important economic, environmental and social problems.
  
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I (3 units)
This course surveys the basic "structural" issues in constitutional law:  issues related to the structure and powers of the federal government, with particular emphasis on the place of the Supreme Court.  The following specific topics are covered:  the scope and limits on the judicial function (judicial review), including the justiciability of particular controversies; the powers of the federal government to regulate social and economic problems; the separation and sharing of governmental powers among the three branches of the national government; the distribution of powers between the federal and state governments.  Additionally, the course examines the applicability of constitutional guarantees of individual liberty to states and private parties (particularly with respect to discriminatory conduct based on race).
  
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II (3 units)
This course provides an introduction to the basic individual liberty issues in constitutional law:  issues related to the restrictions on the manner in which federal, state and local government officials treat "the governed."  These specific topics are covered:  freedom of speech; freedom of press; freedom of religion; equal protection, particularly as it relates to racial discrimination and affirmative action; procedural due process; and rights to privacy and substantive due process.
  
CURRENT ISSUES IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (PR/SW, 3 units)
This seminar examines current controversies on the "cutting edge" of United States constitutional law.  Particular focus is placed upon important questions of governmental power and individual liberties now awaiting (or on their way to) decision by the United States Supreme Court.  The first several weeks of the course introduce Supreme Court decision-making procedures and explore an area of constitutional law under serious re-examination in the courts or the body politic (for example, abortion and privacy rights, or the powers of Congress and the President).  During the remaining course sessions, students play the roles of Supreme Court justices and of advocates appearing before them.  Each class session focuses upon a case actually on review before the Court, simulating oral argument and case conference phases.


Full course descriptions are available in PDF format on the J.D. Curriculum page.

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