Presidential Leadership

The American president is one of the most important people in the world. Some have been brilliant and effective leaders; some have not. We will study the history of the Office of the President and the forty-four men who have occupied it, with particular emphasis on Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and LBJ. We will review the constitutional duties of the president and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the limits of presidential power. Finally, we will discuss the characteristics, skills, and virtues that we seek in a president and the flaws, foibles, and frailties we need to avoid. MSC

Required Book: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership in Turbulent Times, ISBN 978-1476795928.

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

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