Supreme Court Cases During A Pandemic

Greg Sakall
Mondays 6 PM - 8 PM (AZ Time)
October 25, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2021
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Supreme Court Cases During A Pandemic

Fall 2021
In Session
6 PM - 8 PM (AZ Time)
October 25, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2021


Main Campus



The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to many legal and sociopolitical debates. This course will review the US Supreme Court's role in those debates. The course will start off with a review of the Court’s 2020-2021 term. We will then explore in greater detail issues including individual liberties, compulsory vaccinations, COVID regulations and religious objections to the same, and qualified immunity for law enforcement officers. Readings will focus on recent and historical Supreme Court decisions, and discussion will be encouraged. The final lecture will look ahead toward the cases and issues, including abortion and the Second Amendment, which the Supreme Court will consider in its 2021-2022 term.

NEW - Hybrid Course Format

  • All classes will be delivered both in person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • In person classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in person classes is limited by classroom capacity and offered on a first come, first served basis. All students attending on campus will observe the relevant University of Arizona policies designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (more information here). Students who enroll to attend in person will also have complete online access to the course including all class recordings.   
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real time. Students may also access class recordings for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.

Registration will open online on Monday, August 9, 2021 at 8 AM (AZ Time)

Please Note: This is an Evening Course

Required Reading: 

  • No textbook is required. All readings will be distributed to students electronically. 

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Meet Your Professor

Superior Court Judge
James E. Rogers College of Law

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.


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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