CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II
PROFESSOR SKOVER

SPRING 2017
 

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, 3rd edition 2015). 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 2016 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 1351-1360

Text 1360-1368
     
Assignment 2:

The Judicial Enforcement Exception

The Joint Participation (or Entanglement) Exception

Doctrinal Review of Section VI - Executive Summary

Text 1368-1372

Text 1372-1386

Text 1386-1387

 

II. SUBSTANTIVE & PROCEDURAL DUE PROCESS

 

Assignment 1:

Economic Substantive Due Process

Civil Liberty Substantive Due Process

Text 553-570 

Text 570-577

     
Assignment 2:

Conception & Abortion

Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt

Text 577-608

Supplement 15-25

      
Assignment 3:

Marriage and Family

Life and Death

Text 614-622

Text 632-652

     
Assignment 4:

Sexuality

Obergefell v. Hodges

Text 622-631

Supplement 32-52

     
Assignment 5: Procedural Due Process

Doctrinal Review of Section VII - Executive Summaries

Text 657-666

Text 652-653, 667

 

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 1315-1323

Text 1324-1328

Text 1328-1331

     
Assignment 2:

Takings of Private Property - Regulatory Takings

Takings of Private Property - Public Use

Doctrinal Review of Section I - Executive Summary

Text 1331-1342

Text 1342-1348

Text 1349-1350

 

IV. FREEDOM OF SPEECH

 

Assignment 1: Introduction

First Amendment Analytical Flowchart

Content-Based Restrictions

Reed v. Town of Gilbert

Reasonable Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions

Text 923-928

PDF

Text 928-943

Supplement 53-66

Text 944-949

 
Assignment 2:

Incidental Burdens on Symbolic Expression

Protected Symbolic Expression

Prior Restraints

Text 949-960

Text 1024-1033

Text 960-968

     
Assignment 3: Vagueness & Overbreadth Restrictions Text 968-979
 
  Unconstitutional Conditions Text 979-985
 
Assignment 4:

Categories of Unprotected Speech - 1

Incitement & Advocacy of Crime

Defamation & False Statements

Text 986-987

Text 987-993

Text 994-1013

 
Assignment 5: 

Categories of Unprotected Speech - 2

Obscenity & Child Pornography

Fighting Words & Hate Speech

 

Text 1013-1024

Text 1033-1049

     
Assignment 6:

Categories of Less Protected Speech - 1

Commercial Speech

Campaign Contributions & Expenditures

 

Text 1050-1059

Text 1059-1079

     
Assignment 7:

Categories of Less Protected Speech - 2

Speech of Public Employees

Other Categories?

Doctrinal Review of Section III - Executive Summary

 

Text 1079-1085

Text 1085-1089

Text 1089-1092

 

V. FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

 

Assignment 1:

Applicability of General Laws to the Press

Press Access to Government Proceedings

Doctrinal Review of Section IV - Executive Summary

Text 1093-1109

Text 1120-1126

Text 1127

 

VI. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION

 

Assignment 1:

Introduction

Penalizing Individuals for Joining Groups

Disclosure of Membership Lists

Freedom Not to Associate with Others

Doctrinal Review of Section V - Executive Summary

Text 1129-1131

Text 1131-1138

Text 1139-1144

Text 1144-1160

Text 1160-1161

 

VII. FREEDOM OF RELIGION

 

Assignment 1: The Establishment Clause - 1

Introduction

Government Aid to Religious Institutions

 

Text 1163-1169

Text 1169-1196

 
Assignment 2:

The Establishment Clause - 2

Religious Activities by Government Actors

Text 1198-1237

     
Assignment 3:

The Establishment Clause - 3

Religious Symbols on Government Property

 

Text 1237-1264

 
Assignment 4:

The Free Exercise Clause -1

Introduction

Exemptions from Neutral & Generally Applicable Regulations

 

Text 1264-1267

Text 1267-1289

 
Assignment 5: 

The Free Exercise Clause - 2

Regulations Targeted at Religious Practices

Government Involvement in Religious Disputes

Doctrinal Review of Section VI - Executive Summary

 

Text 1289-1302

Text 1302-1307

Text 1307-1309

 

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

PDF

PDF


 
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

PDF


 

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