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How the Supreme Court Decides Cases
March 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 31, 2021
Wednesdays, March 10 – 31 (4 weeks)
Like it or not, the present day Supreme Court is becoming
a Scalia Court in matters of Constitutional interpretation.
In other words, they subscribe to originalism, the belief
that the provisions of the Constitution have a fixed
meaning. Justice Scalia railed against colleagues who,
under a “living Constitution” philosophy, decided cases not
on the basis of what the Constitution meant, but rather, in
his words, on “what it ought to mean today.” In this course
we will look at major cases such as Roe v. Wade (abortion
rights), Lawrence v. Texas (homosexual conduct), Heller
(right to bear arms), Brown v. Board of Education (school
desegregation), Obergefell (same-sex marriage),
Washington v. Glucksberg (right to die), and Griswold
(contraception), to analyze the methods of interpretation
used and grapple with their appropriateness.
Instructor: Tim Oppenheimer
$80 members, $100 general public
To register, please call 413-739-4715
There will be proper social distancing at all in-person programs.
In-person classes will be limited to as many as we can safely accommodate.