The Best (and Worst) of American Justice: The Supreme Court in American Life

The Supreme Court has played a critical role in every step of the American efforts to expand individual rights and opportunities. Most often, the Court has spoken towards the end of a period of change to affirm the new policy choices as the now mandatory minimum of acceptable behavior.  Sometimes, it has lead the way. And on occasion, it has dragged woefully behind the rest of the country.  The history of the Court will be surveyed with an emphasis on the expansion of civil rights, in general, and the Bill of Rights, in particular. Finally, current cases before the Court will be reviewed and their relevance to our lives discussed.  UMA Brunswick, Limit: 35  Course is closed

Required Book: Michael G. Trachtman, The Supremes’ Greatest Hits, ISBN  9781454920779.    

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Niles Schore practiced law for more than 35 years in Pennsylvania and Georgia. He was a legal services lawyer and the founder of the Elderly Law Project in Philadelphia, a staff director of the Pennsylvania Senate’s Public Health & Welfare Committee, and a senior policy official in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the George Washington University National Law Center.

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