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Spring 2020
LAW209  A  FEDERAL COURTS

Course Description
This course will examine the role of the federal courts in the American governmental structure-including the relationship of the federal courts to: (1) other branches of the national government; and (2) state court systems. Likely topics to be covered in this course include justiciability (standing, ripeness, mootness and political questions); the power of Congress to define the jurisdiction of the federal courts, including its power to create non-Article III courts; the subject matter jurisdiction of the federal courts; the appellate jurisdiction of the U.S. Supreme Court and federal Courts of Appeal; judicial abstention; federal common law; state sovereign immunity; 42 U.S.C. § 1983; and habeas, including recent cases arising from the "war on terror."

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-13-2020 - 04-21-2020   TR  11:00 AM-12:20 PM E265

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Paper and participation in class discussion and projects
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions: cap of 15 students
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Related
Litigation - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: Federal Courts: Cases and Materials on Judicial Federalism and the Lawyering Process
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Hellman, et al.
    Publisher: Carolina Academic
    Edition: 4th edition
    ISBN: 978-1531001490
      
  • Textbook Name: Understanding Federal Courts and Jurisdiction
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Recommended
    Author: Mullenix, Redish, Vairo
    Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
    Edition: 2nd edition
    ISBN: 978-1531002541
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: The first assignment is to read Week 1: Introduction: The Constitutional Framework & the Federal Courts Chps. 1&2: Pp. 3-64; Problems: Suits Against Diplomats’ Insurers; Nuclear “Incidents” and Liability Claims; Danger Invites Rescue

    Material:
    •ARTHUR D. HELLMAN, DAVID R. STRAS, RYAN W. SCOTT , & F. ANDREW HESSICK, FEDERAL COURTS CASES AND MATERIAL ON JUDICIAL FEDERALISM AND THE LAWYERING PROCESS (4th ed. 2017) ISBN 978-1-53100-149-0; eISBN 978-1-53100-150-6

    •Supplemental readings (photocopies in Law Library Copy Center (Mercy in Library); distributed in class, and also available for download at the course website via Blackboard)

    1. U.S. v. Windsor (the Defense of Marriage Act case) Sup. Ct. Oral Argument (see Standing)*
    2. Hollingsworth v. Perry (see Standing)*
    3. Additional materials may be added (TBA)
      

    Federal Courts First Assignment.docx

 
Professor(s)

PLASENCIA, MADELEINE


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: mplasencia@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-4050