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LAWS 7730 Ideology and the Roberts Court-The Religion Cases (Spring: 2.0,3 )


Course Description

In the first part of the seminar, we will examine the validity of ideological characterizations of the Supreme Court. The second part will be a consideration of analyses of the "Roberts Court," and whether it can be viewed as "conservative." To test whether the current Court is accurately described as conservative, the third part will consider whether religion cases that it has decided fit an ideological pattern. The field often presents the Court with divisive issues. Hobby Lobby (whether discriminatory practices might be protected by concepts of religious liberty) was highly controversial. Trinity Lutheran Church (pending) presents the equally controversial issue of state aid to religious institutions. In Hosanna Tabor Lutheran Church the Court dealt with the difficult question of judicial intervention in intra-church disputes. The three parts should help provide answers to important questions of Constitutional Law.


Instructor(s): George Brown

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 21-Apr-17