CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I
PROFESSOR SKOVER

SPRING 2019
 

SYLLABUS
 

The following shorthand has been used in listing reading assignments:

  • "Text" refers to Gregory E. Maggs & Peter J. Smith, Constitutional Law: A Contemporary Approach (West, 4th edition). It is important to note that the purchase of a second-hand copy of the text will not enable you to access the online materials available on West's Interactive Casebook website.

  • "Supplement" refers to the 2018 updated text materials available for free on West's Interactive Casebook website.
  • "Bobbitt" refers to Philip Bobbitt, Constitutional Fate: Theory of the Constitution (Oxford University Press, 1984)
     

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I. INTRODUCTION
 

Assignment 1: History and Overview of the Constitution

The Constitution of the United States

Text 1-13  

Text 1471-1488

 

II. FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE POWERS & FEDERALISM
 

Assignment 1: Express and Implied Federal Powers Text 111-133
 
Assignment 2: Pre-New Deal Commerce Clause - Early & Middle Years Text 133-154
  
Assignment 3: New Deal Commerce Clause - An Expansive View Text 155-169
 
Assignment 4:

Modern Commerce Clause

Taylor v. United States

Text 169-206

PDF

   
Assignment 5:

The Taxing and Spending Powers

Text 206-239

     
Assignment 6:    State Immunity from Federal Regulation Text 245-267
     
Assignment 7: State Sovereign Immunity as a Limit on Federal Power

Doctrinal Review of Section II - Executive Summary

Text 267-277

Text 278-279

 

III. LIMITATIONS ON STATE POWER & JUDICIAL PROTECTION OF THE INTERSTATE MARKET

 

Assignment 1: Preemption

Dormant Commerce Clause Doctrine - The Early Cases

Text 285-294

Text 295-300

 

Assignment 2:

"Uniform National Standard" Test

"Discrimination against Interstate Commerce" Test
Text 300-306

Text 306-313
 
Assignment 3:

"Excessive Burden on Interstate Commerce" Test

The Meaning of "Interstate Commerce"

Text 313-326

Tesxt 326-334

 
Assignment 4: The Market-Participant Exception

Article IV § 2 Privileges and Immunities Clause

Doctrinal Review of Section III - Executive Summary

Text 335-345

Text 353-360

Text 370-372


IV. FEDERAL EXECUTIVE POWERS
 

Assignment 1:

Domestic Affairs

Foreign Affairs

Text 375-387

Text 387-404

 
Assignment 2:

President's Powers in Times of War

Executive Privilege & Executive Immunity

Doctrinal Review of Section IV - Executive Summary

Text 414-428

Text 431-450

Text 450-451

 

V. FEDERAL JUDICIAL POWER & METHODS OF CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION

 

Assignment 1: Judicial Review Text 45-69
     
Assignment 2: Obstacles to Judicial Review: Political Questions Text 70-80
     
Assignment 3:

Obstacles to Judicial Review: Standing

Hollingsworth v. Perry

Text 85-100

PDF

     
Assignment 4: Methods of Constitutional Interpretation - 1

Originalism
Textualism
Doctrinalism


 

Bobbitt 3-24
Bobbitt
25-38
Bobbitt 39-58

 
Assignment 5:

Methods of Constitutional Interpretation - 2

Prudentialism
Structuralism
Ethicism

 

Bobbitt 59-73
Bobbitt 74-92
Bobbitt 93-119

 
Assignment 6:

Methods of Constitutional Interpretation -3

An Illustrative Case: District of Columbia v. Heller

Doctrinal Review of Section V - Executive Summary

 

Lexis 

Text 106-110

 

VI. EQUAL PROTECTION

 

Assignment 1: Distinctions & Classifications

Equal Protection Analysis Chart

Rationality Review

Facial Discrimination against Minorities

Text 737-740

PDF

Text 743-751

Text 762-772

 
Assignment 2:

Discriminatory Application of Facially Neutral Laws

Discriminatory Effect or Purpose

Village of Arlington Heights

Text 772-777

Text 778-783

PDF

     
Assignment 3: Race-Specific but Facially Symmetrical Laws 783-798
 
Assignment 4:

Affirmative Action

The Future of Affirmative Action

Text 798-806

Text 818-825

 
Assignment 5: Gender Discrimination Text 841-853, 857-866
 
Assignment 6: 

Disability Discrimination

Same-Sex Marriage Discrimination
United States v. Windsor

Obergefell v. Hodges

Text 876-883


Text 888-892
Text 679-695

     
Assignment 7:

The Right to Vote

Apportionment & Gerrymandering

Text 898-910

Text 910-922

     
Assignment 8: Congress's Power to Enforce the Fourteenth Amendment

Doctrinal Review of Section VI - Executive Summaries

Text 966-979

Text 751-752, 893-895,
938, 979

 

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