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FEDERAL COURTS
PROFESSOR SKOVER

SPRING 2019

SYLLABUS
 

The following shorthand has been used in listing reading assignments:

  • "Text" refers to Martin H. Redish, Suzanna Sherry, and James E. Pfander, Federal Courts (8th ed, 2018)

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I. INTRODUCTION TO FEDERAL COURT JUSTICIABILITY

Assignment 1: Pushaw, "Article III's Case/Controversy Distinction and the Dual Functions of Federal Courts"

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II. STANDING

Assignment 1: Taxpayer Standing - 1
Flast v. Cohen Lexis
   
Assignment 2: Taxpayer Standing - 2  
  Valley Forge Lexis
Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. Text 49-66
 
Assignment 3: Zone of Interest Analysis
Data Processing Organization Lexis
Bennett v. Spear Text 19-31
National Credit Union Administration Lexis
   Lexmark v. Static Control Components PDF File
 
Assignment 4: Causality & Redressability Analysis
Warth v. Seldin Lexis
Allen v. Wright Lexis
  Notes & Questions on Causation Text 41-43
   Notes & Questions on Third Party Standing Text 78-81
 
Assignment 5: Standing to Seek Injunctive Relief - 1
City of Los Angeles v. Lyons Lexis
Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife Lexis
  Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins Text 31-37
  Notes & Questions on Injury & Imminence Text 38-41
 
Assignment 6:  Standing to Seek Injunctive Relief - 2
FEC v. Akins Lexis
  Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw Lexis
  Summers v. Earth Island Institute Lexis
     
Assignment 7: Governmental Standing  
  Raines v. Byrd PDF File
  Arizona State Legislature v. Redistricting Comm'n PDF File
  Hollingsworth v. Perry PDF File
     
Assignment 8: The Jurisprudence of Standing
Sunstein, "Standing and the Privatization of Public Law" Lexis
Scalia, "The Doctrine of Standing" PDF File
  • Paper #1 Assigned, due two weeks later.
 


III. FEDERAL QUESTION JURISDICTION

Assignment 1: The Constitutional Scope
Osborn v. Bank of the United States Text 815-826
  Textile Workers Union of America Text 827-839
  Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Co. PDF File
 
Assignment 2: The Well-Pleaded Complaint Rule - 1
  Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co. v. Mottley Text 839-842
  Skelley Oil Co. v. Phillips Petroleum Co. Text 842-847
 
Assignment 3: The Well-Pleaded Complaint Rule - 2
  Franchise Tax Board  847-862
  Beneficial National Bank v. Anderson Lexis
 
Assignment 4: The Sufficiency of the Federal Question - 1
American Well Works
Smith v. Kansas City Title & Trust Co.
Gully v. First National Bank in Meridian
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Text 863-867
Text 867-868
 
Assignment 5: The Sufficiency of the Federal Question - 2

Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals
Grable & Sons Metal Products

Text 868-881
Text 881-890

 

IV. THE ELEVENTH AMENDMENT & THE STATE
      SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY DOCTRINE

Assignment 1: Historical Origins of the Doctrine
Foundations Text 417-419
  Chisholm v. Georgia Text 419-428
  Hans v. Louisiana Text 428-439
 
Assignment 2: Theoretical Challenges to the Doctrine
Amar, "Of Sovereignty and Federalism" Lexis
 
Assignment 3: Interpretations - 1

Ex Parte Young
Edelman v. Jordan
Lewis v. Clarke

Harrison, "Ex Parte Young"
 

Text 439-447
Text 447-456

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Assignment 4: Interpretations - 2
Idaho v. Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho

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  Pennhurst State School & Hospital Lexis
  Notes & Questions on "Institutional" Litigation Text 462-465
Notes & Questions on Pennhurst Text 468-470
 
Assignment 5: Abrogation - 1
Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida Lexis
Notes & Questions on Seminole Tribe Text 495-499
 
Assignment 6: Abrogation - 2
State Immunity from Suit in State Court
Alden v. Maine
Text 504-505
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Notes & Questions on Alden v. Maine Text 526-527
 
Assignment 7: Abrogation - 3
College Savings Bank Lexis
  Florida Prepaid Postsecondary Education Expense Board Lexis
 
Assignment 8: Abrogation - 4
Nevada Dept. of Human Resources v. Hibbs Lexis
  Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland
Central Virginia Community College v. Katz
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  Notes & Questions Text 499-504
  • Paper #2 Assigned, due two weeks later.
 
   
Assignment 9: Theoretical Evaluations of the Doctrine  
Vazquez, "Eleventh Amendment Schizophrenia" PDF
Meltzer, "State Sovereign Immunity: Five Authors in Search of a Theory" PDF

 

V. ABSTENTION

Assignment 1: The Pullman Abstention Doctrine
Railroad Commission of Texas v. Pullman Co. Text 529-536

Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff
Arizonans for Official English & Certification
State Constitutional Law

Text 539-543
Text 536-538
Text 538-539

 
Assignment 2: Thibodaux & Burford Abstention Doctrines
Louisiana Power & Light v. Thibodaux Lexis
Burford v. Sun Oil Lexis
Quackenbush v. Allstate Insurance Lexis
Notes & Questions Text 543-548

 

VI. "OUR FEDERALISM"

Assignment 1: The Younger Doctrine
Younger v. Harris Text 647-664
  
Assignment 2: Extensions of the Younger Doctrine - 1
Samuels v. Mackell
Steffel v. Thompson
Doran v. Salem Inn
Wooley v. Maynard
Text 664-668
Text 668-680
Text 680-681
Text 681-684
 
Assignment 3: Extensions of the Younger Doctrine - 2
Hicks v. Miranda
Huffman v. Pursue
Trainor v. Hernandez
Juidice v. Vail
Text 684-690
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Assignment 4: Extensions of the Younger Doctrine - 3
Rizzo v. Goode   Lexis   
Ohio Civil Rights Commission Lexis
Pennzoil Co. v. Texaco Text 695-705
  Sprint Communications v. Jacobs PDF
  • Assignment #3 handed out. In-office oral presentation and discussion of Assignment #3 during the exam period.
 
   

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