University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Fall 2017

Course Description
This short course examines the legal strategy that ultimately resulted in the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in Obergefell where the Court held that there was a federal constitutional right to same sex marriage. The course will look at the history of marriage equality litigation, the reasons for and results obtained in various challenges based first on the denial of marriage equality as a violation of a particular state's constitution as opposed to a challenge under the U.S. Constitution, and the reasons for the shift in strategy to the ultimate challenge under the federal constitution in Obergefell and the effect of the Court's 2013 decision in Windsor where the Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in that litigation strategy. The course will also consider the arguments made by those advocating and opposing marriage equality in the state and federal courts and the reasoning of various courts with emphasis on the Supreme Court's reasoning in Windsor and Obergefell.
The course will be taught by Joseph Tringali, who as a litigation partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett worked as pro bono counsel to various amici in several marriage equality cases, including state constitutional challenges in New York and New Jersey and federal constitutional challenges in the United States Supreme Court both to DOMA in the Windsor case and as counsel to an amicus group of Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives in the Obergefell case.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 10-30-2017 - 11-04-2017  

Dates Day Time Room
10-30-2017 - 11-02-2017   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F209
11-03-2017 - 11-03-2017   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F209
11-04-2017 - 11-04-2017   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F209

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Short Paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
New Course
New Professor
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None