Course Information and Schedule

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Federal Courts (LAWS779201)


School
Law School

Department
Law

Faculty
SIMARD,LINDA S

Term
Spring 2019

Maximum Size
35

Day/Time/Location
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
1:20 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. STUART HOUSE 408

Credits
03

Level
Graduate

Description

The Constitution assures that the separate powers conferred upon each of the branches of the federal government serve as a check and balance to prevent abuse of power by any single branch, and that the aggregate of federal power, while supreme, is limited in scope, thereby serving to bind the union and simultaneously respect state sovereignty. This course will explore these two themes as they relate to the role of federal courts. Among the topics to be covered: separation of powers, federalism, congressional power to curtail federal jurisdiction, the case and controversy requirements as it relates to doctrines of standing, ripeness, and mootness, sovereign immunity, Congressional power to abrogate Eleventh Amendment immunity, Ex Parte Young doctrine, section 1983 litigation, absolute and qualified immunity in suits against state and federal officers, abstention doctrines, inter-system preclusion, and Rooker-Feldman doctrine. Evaluation will be by an in-class exam.

Prerequisites

Corequisites

Cross Listings

Course Index
5699

Frequency
Annually

Repeatable
No