Michael D. Ramsey
†††††† †††††† Professor of Law, University of San Diego Law School
Constitutional Law I, Spring 2014 Course Webpage
Class Meetings:† T/Th, 10:00 am to 11:50 am
Office Hours:† † 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday; Room 319, Warren Hall
Casebook:† Kathleen M. Sullivan & Noah Feldman, Constitutional Law (18th edition, Foundation Press, 2013).† Additional assignments will be made from materials available on-line.† Note: There is an earlier edition of the casebook, the 17th edition, but it is not an adequate substitute.† The correct edition for this course is the eighteenth edition.
INFORMATION REGARDING COURSE SCHEDULE
Note: This space will be used for announcements regarding class cancellations, make-ups, optional events of interest, and other updates regarding the course schedule.
This class will not meet on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
This space will be used to post assignments for each class meeting; these assignments will also be announced in class.† After the first assignment, assignments will be keyed to the course Reading List.† Units 1, 2 and 3 of the Reading List are posted below.
Assignment for Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014
Reading List, Part III.D (hypotheticals)
Reading List, Part IV.† We will begin with the NFIB v. Sebelius reading from the prior assignment.
No Class Tuesday, Mar. 11 and Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014 (Spring Break)
No Class Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 (class cancelled)
Assignment for Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014
Reading List, Part III.A-C, focus on Lopez, Morrison, and Raich.
Assignment for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Federalism Reading List, Part II, focus on E.C. Knight, Schechter Poultry, and Wickard v. Filburn.
Assignment for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
New Reading List (Unit #2, Federalism), Part I, focus on McCulloch v. Maryland.
Assignment for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Writing Assignment No. 1 (available below) is due at 9:00 am on Thursday, Feb. 20.
Also, after completing the assignment, read the Supreme Courtís opinion in Clapper v. Amnesty International, 133 S.Ct. 1138 (2013) (majority opinion by Justice Alito, dissent by Justice Breyer).† From the perspective of future litigation, what is the most significant sentence in Justice Alitoís opinion?
Assignment for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
Reading List Part V.E &F, focus on the standing hypotheticals (available below).† Also, in Part V.F, focus on Zivotofsky v. Clinton on pp. 69-71.
Assignment for Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Reading List Part V.A, B, C & D, focus on Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife and Massachusetts v. EPA.
No assignment for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
Assignment for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
No new assignment; focus on Marbury v. Madison from the prior assignment.
Assignment for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
Reading List Part III.E (answer questions in hypothetical for discussion in class)
Reading List Part IV (focus on Marbury v. Madison)
Assignment for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
Reading List Part III.C & D, focus on Bowsher and Morrison from the prior assignment plus the cases from the supplemental reading.
Assignment for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Reading List Part III.A & B, focus on Chadha and Bowsher
Assignment for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Reading List, Part II.F, focus on U.S. v. Nixon and Clinton v. Jones
Assignment for Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014
Reading List, part II.D & E, focus on Dames & Moore, Hamdi, and Hypothetical No. 1.
Note: You are not required to turn in your response to the hypothetical -- just be prepared to discuss it.† Please complete the hypothetical before reading the Hamdi case.
Assignment for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
Reading List, Part II.A, B & C, focus on the Steel Seizure Case.
Optional:† For those interested, here is the transcript of the oral argument in NLRB v. Noel Canning (the Recess Appointments case), argued 1/13/14.
Assignment for first class meeting (Tuesday, 1/14/14):† download below.†