CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I
PROFESSOR SKOVER

SPRING 2018
 

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 1389-1398

 

II. FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE POWERS & FEDERALISM
 

Assignment 1: Express and Implied Federal Powers Text 109-128
 
Assignment 2: Pre-New Deal Commerce Clause - Early & Middle Years Text 128-149
  
Assignment 3: New Deal Commerce Clause - An Expansive View Text 149-163
 
Assignment 4:

Modern Commerce Clause

Taylor v. United States

Text 163-199

PDF

   
Assignment 5:

The Taxing and Spending Powers

Text 199-232

     
Assignment 6:    State Immunity from Federal Regulation Text 237-258
     
Assignment 7: State Sovereign Immunity as a Limit on Federal Power

Doctrinal Review of Section II - Executive Summary

Text 259-269

Text 269-273

 

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

 

Assignment 1: Preemption

Dormant Commerce Clause Doctrine - The Early Cases

Text 275-284

Text 284-289

 

Assignment 2:

"Uniform National Standard" Test

"Discrimination against Interstate Commerce" Test
Text 290-295

Text 295-302
 
Assignment 3:

"Excessive Burden on Interstate Commerce" Test

The Meaning of "Interstate Commerce"

Text 302-314

Tesxt 314-323
 
Assignment 4: The Market-Participant Exception

Article IV § 2 Privileges and Immunities Clause

Doctrinal Review of Section III - Executive Summary

Text 323-333

Text 339-348

Text 357-359


IV. FEDERAL EXECUTIVE POWERS
 

Assignment 1:

Domestic Affairs

Foreign Affairs

Text 363-375

Text 375-390

 
Assignment 2:

President's Powers in Times of War

Executive Privilege & Executive Immunity

Doctrinal Review of Section IV - Executive Summary

Text 391-407

Text 407-425

Text 425-429

 

V. FEDERAL JUDICIAL POWER & METHODS OF CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION

 

Assignment 1: Judicial Review Text 43-67
     
Assignment 2: Obstacles to Judicial Review: Political Questions Text 67-78
     
Assignment 3:

Obstacles to Judicial Review: Standing

Hollingsworth v. Perry

Text 82-97

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 102-106

 

VI. EQUAL PROTECTION

 

Assignment 1: Distinctions & Classifications

Equal Protection Analysis Chart

Rationality Review

Facial Discrimination against Minorities

Text 671-674

PDF

Text 677-686

Text 696-706

 
Assignment 2:

Discriminatory Application of Facially Neutral Laws

Discriminatory Effect or Purpose

Text 706-709

Text 709-715

     
Assignment 3: Race-Specific but Facially Symmetrical Laws Text 716-731
 
Assignment 4:

Affirmative Action on the Basis of Race

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

Text 731-739

Supplement 26-31

 
Assignment 5: Gender Discrimination Text 773-785, 789-798
 
Assignment 6: 

Disability & Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Obergefell v. Hodges

Text 807-833

Supplement 32-52

     
Assignment 7:

The Right to Vote

Apportionment & Gerrymandering

Text 838-850

Text 850-862

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

Doctrinal Review of Section VI - Executive Summaries

Text 905-918

Text 685-686, 834-836,
878, 919

 

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