Controversial Issues in the Supreme Court
This course explores the United States Supreme Court and its role in deciding fundamental social questions. After an introductory class on the Court itself, we will focus on landmark cases involving race in education, abortion, religious freedom, and wartime detention. Readings will include edited versions of the Court’s opinions. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the Court’s power, function, and role as part of the larger government, and appreciate whether and when we should accede to the Court’s interpretation of the Constitution.
GREG SAKALL is a Superior Court Judge in Pima County and a Guest Lecturer in the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He has received a Professor of Practice teaching award from the students at the James E. Rogers College of Law and, before joining the bench, he was a practicing attorney in Tucson for twelve years.