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Fall 2019
LAW233  A  FLORIDA CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Course Description
As a study of the Florida Constitution as the charter of state government and a source of fundamental rights for its citizens, the course covers two aspects of the State Constitution: regulating the structure of the state government and providing for individual rights on a variety of topics which may go beyond those provided by the Federal Constitution. Elements of state constitutional law which are covered in the “structural’ section include the following: separation of powers; jurisdiction of courts; functions of the legislature and governor; powers and functions of city and county governments; and constitutional means of, and limitations on, public finance. The “rights’ section of the course covers the Florida constitutional right to privacy, the right to medical self-determination; protections for criminal defendants; equal protection, due process; Florida homestead protection, and access to courts. The interrelationship between the Florida and the U.S. Constitutions in several areas of law will be addressed.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-12-2019 - 11-21-2019   MW  7:30 PM-8:50 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: None; federal constitutional law is helpful.
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Final Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s):
FLORIDA
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: Florida Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Cooper, Durham , Woody
    Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
    Edition: 5th
    ISBN: 9781611630848
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: 8/12/19 (Monday Week 1) Introduction; Overview of Florida Constitution and its History and Federal Constitutional Provisions regarding Limits on, and Powers of States • Read headings of articles of Florida Constitution (as background) • U.S. Constitution, Article I, sections 8, 9 and 10 • U.S. Constitution, Article IV, sections 3 and 4 • U.S. Constitution, Article VI, Clause 2 • U.S. Constitution, Ninth and Tenth Amendments Note: No readings required for first class. If you would like to read the constitutional sections you can, but it is not required.

    Material:
    REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

    Cooper, John F. and Marks, Jr., Thomas C., Florida Constitutional Law, Carolina Academic Press (5th ed. 2013) plus copies of supplemental cases listed in this Syllabus or, provided later. Supplemental materials are available via westlaw or from our assistant Catherine May (cmay@law.miami.edu).

    Florida Constitution: Contained in Appendix to text

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:
    www.lawschool.westlaw.com/twen

    Additional Information:
    Please see syllabus attached below. Class location, Room F108 Days: Mondays and Wednesdays Time: 7:30 - 8:50 PM BRIEF OVERVIEW As a survey course studying the Florida Constitution as the charter of state government and a source of fundamental rights for its citizens, the course covers two aspects of the State Constitution: regulating the structure of the state government and providing for individual rights on a variety of topics (some beyond those provided by the Federal Constitution). Elements of state constitutional law which are covered in the “structural’ section include separation of powers; jurisdiction of courts; functions of the legislature and governor; powers and functions of city and county governments; and constitutional means of, and limitations on, public finance. The “rights” section of the course covers the Florida constitutional right to privacy, the right to medical self-determination; protections for criminal defendants; equal protection, due process; Florida homestead protection, and access to courts. The interrelationship and comparisons between the Florida and the U.S. Constitutions in multiple areas of law are addressed.
      

    Revised Syllabus.pdf

 
Professor(s)

COFFEY, KENDALL


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: kcoffey@coffeyburlington.com

CROCKETT, JEFFREY


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: jcrockett@coffeyburlington.com
Phone: 305-773-2984