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     Introduction to the Constitution
Con. Chaos   - Introduction to the Book
Con. Chaos #1 - Breaking the Law
Con. Chaos #2 - Attacking the Innocent
Con. Chaos #3 - Creating Crime     
        Shannon Rossmiller article 
Con. Chaos #4 - 'Grabbing Guns' 
Con. Chaos #5 - 'Filching Property' 
Con. Chaos #6 - 'Gagging Free Speech''
Con. Chaos #7 - 'Bribing Witnesses . . . '
Con. Chaos #8 - 'Assaulting the People'
Con. Chaos #9 - 'Personal Odyssey'
Con. Chaos #10 - 'Justice Dept's. Terror Tactics'
                                    Lackawana Six Get On with Life
Con. Chaos #11 - 'Throwing Away the ... Key'
Con. Chaos #12 - 'Don't Go to Guantanamo'
Con. Chaos #13 - 'What Can We Do?'

'Men In Black'  Student Study Guide

Suggested Websites

U.S. Supreme Court Homepage
Oyez: Chicago-Kent College of Law

United States Courts /podcasts

Classroom Readings list  (WORD)

   (in PDF format)

Classroom links to websites/videos 
F.I.R.E. - Found. for Individual Rights in Ed.
MASS School of Law Videos (638 videos)

Washington Legal Foundation
Liberal Opinion Week
ACLU Official website

Links to cases by subject/topic

Exploring Constitutional Law
(UMKC Law School)
'Famous Trials' website
Justice Scalia says the Constitution is ‘dead’  (1:48)
Justice O’Connor on ‘activist’ Judges  (3:29)
FDR's "Second Bill of Rights" Speech (2:07)
'The Government Can' - Tim Hawkins (3:04)

Hillsdale: Intro to the Constitution Pt 1 (33:12)
Hillsdale: Intro to the Constitution Pt 2 (32:12)
Hillsdale: Intro to the Constitution Pt 3 (29:45)

Professor Mike Adam's Editorial Website (cons.)

Gideon's Trumpet!     ( Link to 1 of 11 videos on YOUTUBE)
                        Student  Study Guide  

Constitutional Law

Constitutional Law is a semester-long elective course offered to students with an interest in examining the impact judicial decisions make to contemporary American life.  Increasingly, the judiciary is the final arbiter of the fundamental social, religious, political, and economic issues of our age.  It is the goal of this course for students to examine a wide variety of past and current legal issues from a variety of perspectives for the purpose of gaining a greater appreciation of the American legal system.  Students will be expected to research, report and/or debate legal issues, interview current legal professionals, and write legal briefs/opinions regarding current constitutional issues.  Participants will be expected to participate in one major project during the course of the semester.  A variety of opportunities such as participation in competitive Mock Trial or Moot Court programs, producing legal documentaries, submitting an extended research paper that meets guidelines for submission to The Concord Review, or participating in a series of class debates over constitutional issues are suggested projects.

 Students will have the opportunity to read a variety of textual material as well as be exposed to a variety of legal professionals as guest speakers.  The course is recommended to students who are interested in pursuing post-secondary careers in law, law enforcement, governmental service, or a law related field.   

 As this marks the first time the course has been offered by this instructor, student suggestions regarding content, activities, speakers and instructional materials are VERY welcome.

After successful completion of the course of study the student will be able to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

Goals:  After successfully completing this course, the student will:
1.  Understand the philosophical and historical foundations of the Constitution as: state of nature, natural rights philosophy, republicanism, popular sovereignty, and the evolution of modern concepts of individual rights.

2.  Evaluate ways in which the Florida Constitution affects the lives of Florida residents and evaluate the extent to which its constitutional amendments will impact our citizens in the future.  
3. Analyze important documents preceding the Constitution such as the Magna Carta, The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, The Federalist Papers, and the Anti-Federalist Papers.  

4. Articulate the necessity for separation of powers, checks-and-balances, the rule of law,  an independent judiciary, and judicial review.  
5. Analyze the historical evolution of the Bill of Rights, minority rights, the expansion of constitutional protections under the Fourteenth Amendment, and the road to universal suffrage.
6.  Hypothesize the constitutionality of specifically proposed laws to evaluate the  legitimacy of public policy.

7.  Participate in debates, discussions and investigations into past and current legal issues.

Instructional Materials 
Irons, Peter.  The Courage of Their Convictions.  New York: Penguin Books, 1990.  
Katsh, M. Ethan.  Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Legal Issues.  New York:  McGraw Hill, 2010.  
Napolitano, Andrew P.   Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws?   Nashville: Nelson Publishing, 2004.
O’Connor, Sandra Day.  The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice. New York: Random House, 2004.
With excerpts from:   
Ginger, Ann Fagan: The Law, Supreme Court and the People’s Rights. 
Lewis, Anthony: Gideon’s Trumpet. New York: Vintage Press, 1989.
Levin, Mark: Men In Black:  New York: Regnery, 2006. 
Barth, Alan: Prophets With Honor: Great Dissents and Great Dissenters in the Supreme Court.  New York, Vintage Books, 1974.

Complete Course syllabus

Just for the "Fun of It"

A series of amusing (and not so amusing) stories about the law and lawyers!

   Jury Faults Terrorists with only 32% of the Blame in WTC Bombing!  NY Port Authority to Pay!                      
   'The Top TEN Victims' by John
   Jury Awards Jupiter Man $8M                   Ludicrous I-POD Suit . . .         
   MIT Settles in Drinking Death                    Hersey Ordered to Pay $135 Billion
   Study Says Torts Cost $260 Billion             The Trouble With Torts   
   Why Take Responsibility...?