CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II
PROFESSOR SKOVER

FALL 2021
 

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, 5th edition 2021). 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 2021 updated text materials available for free on West's Interactive Casebook website.

  • On Dissent refers to Collins & Skover, On Dissent: Its Meaning in America (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
     

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I. THE STATE ACTION DOCTRINE

 

Assignment 1: The General Requirement of State Action

The Public Function Exception
Text 1463-1470

Text 1470-1478
     
Assignment 2:

The Judicial Enforcement Exception

The Joint Participation (or Entanglement) Exception

Doctrinal Review of Section VI - Executive Summary

Text 1478-1483

Text 1483-1496

Text 1497-1498

 

II. SUBSTANTIVE & PROCEDURAL DUE PROCESS

 

Assignment 1:

Doctrinal and Theoretical Background to the Lochner Era

Economic Substantive Due Process

Civil Liberty Substantive Due Process

Three-Tiered Levels of Judicial Review

PDF

Text 597-605, 610-612

Text 613-620

PDF

     
Assignment 2:

Contraception & Abortion

June Medical Services v. Russo

New Assaults on Abortion Rights

Text 620-652, 658-665

Text 666-667

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Assignment 3:

Marriage

Life and Death

Text 667-670

Text 706-725

     
Assignment 4:

Sexuality

Text 681-706

     
Asignment 5:

Procedural Due Process

Matthews Balancing Analysis

Doctrinal Review of Section VII - Executive Summaries

Text 733-742

PDF

Text 725-727, 742-743

 

III. PROTECTION OF ECONOMIC LIBERTIES

 

Assignment 1:

Impairment of Contracts by State Laws

Takings of Private Property - Introduction

Takings of Private Property - Physical Takings

Text 1425-1434

Text 1434-1438

Text 1438-1441

     
Assignment 2:

Takings of Private Property - Regulatory Takings

Takings of Private Property - Public Use

Doctrinal Review of Section I - Executive Summary

Text 1442-1452

Text 1452-1459

Text 1459-1460

 

IV. FREEDOM OF SPEECH

 

Assignment 1: Introduction

The Major Normative Value Theories for Protection of Speech

First Amendment Analytical Flowchart

Content-Based Restrictions

Text 999-1002

PDF

PDF

Text 1002-1019

 
Assignment 2:

Reasonable Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions

Incidental Burdens on Symbolic Expression

Text 1025-1030

Text 1030-1041

     
Assignment 3:

Prior Restraints

Doctrinal Background to Vagueness & Substantial Overbreath

Vagueness & Overbreadth Restrictions

Text 1042-1049

PDF

Text 1050-1060

 
Assignment 4:

Unconstitutional Conditions

Doctrinal Background to Incitement & Advocacy of Crime

Incitement & Advocacy of Crime - Introduction

Text 1061-1067

PDF

Text 1067-1072

 
Assignment 5:

Categories of Unprotected Speech - 1

Incitement & Advocacy of Crime

Defamation & False Statements

 

Text 1073-1075

Text 1076-1095

 
Assignment 6: 

Categories of Unprotected Speech - 2

Doctrinal Background to Obscenity

Obscenity & Child Pornography

Provocative Speech: Fighting Words & Hate Speech

 

PDF

Text 1095-1106

Text 1116-1132

     
Assignment 7:

Categories of Symbolic Expression

Symbolic Conduct

Campaign Contributions & Expenditures

 

Text 1107-1116

Text 1142-1160

     
Assignment 8:

Categories of Less Protected Speech

Commercial Speech

Speech of Public Employees

Other Categories?

Doctrinal Review of Section III - Executive Summary

 

Text 1132-1141

Text 1160-1166

Text 1166-1170

Text 1170-1173

 

V. FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

 

Assignment 1:

Applicability of General Laws to the Press

Requiring the Press to Provide Media Access to Others

Press Access to Government Proceedings

Doctrinal Review of Section IV - Executive Summary

Text 1175-1191

Text 1198-1202

Text 1202-1209

Text 1209-1210

 

VI. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION

 

Assignment 1:

Introduction

Doctrinal Background to Freedom of Association

Penalizing Individuals for Joining Groups

Disclosure of Membership Lists

Text 1211-1213

PDF

Text 1213-1220

Text 1221-1226

     
Assignment 2:

Freedom Not to Associate with Others

Doctrinal Review of Section V - Executive Summary

Text 1226-1244

Text 1244-1245

 

VII. FREEDOM OF RELIGION

 

Assignment 1: The Establishment Clause - 1

Introduction

Doctrinal and Theoretical Background to Religion Clauses

Government Aid to Religious Institutions

 

Text 1247-1253

PDF

Text 1253-1281

 
Assignment 2:

The Establishment Clause - 2

Prayer in Public School Classrooms or Events

Text 1282-1310

     
Assignment 3:

The Establishment Clause - 3

"Creation Science" in Public Schools

Prayer in Public Legislative Assemblies

Religious Symbols on Government Property

 

Text 1311-1315

Text 1315-1321

Text 1321-1348

 
Assignment 4:

The Free Exercise Clause -1

Introduction

Doctrinal and Theoretical Background to Free Exercise Clause

Exemptions from Neutral & Generally Applicable Regulations

 

Text 1359-1373

PDF

Text 1373-1385

 
Assignment 5: 

The Free Exercise Clause - 2

Regulations Targeted at Religious Practices

Doctrinal Review of Section VI - Executive Summary

 

Text 1385-1417

Text 1417-1418

 

VIII. ON DISSENT: ITS MEANING IN AMERICA

 

Assignment 1:

Collins & Skover, On Dissent - 1

Prologue

Chapter I: From Judicial Dissent to Peaceful Protest

Chapter II: From Civil to Uncivil Disobedience

Chapter III: The Vagaries of Violence

Questions for Analysis & Discussion

On Dissent: Representation of Conceptual Relationships

 

Text ix-xx

Text 1-26

Text 27-49

Text 50-80

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Assignment 2:

Collins & Skover, On Dissent - 2

Chapter IV: Dissent, Inc.

Chapter V: Dissent & Law's Parameters

Epilogue

Questions for Analysis & Discussion

 

Text 81-102

Text 103-128

Text 129-134

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