Fay Hartog-Levin : Courses and Seminars
The Evolving Relationship between the Federal Government and the States
This seminar will examine the current legal parameters of federalism, with an emphasis on the policy considerations that affect and have changed the relationship between the federal government and the states. Each session will examine a separate substantive area and use case law as a starting point of a deeper discussion on how and why the rights of the states have expanded or contracted in any given area, in the context of other political and policy changes. Areas to be discussed include: Public education (K-12 and Higher Education); health care; housing; transportation; health care (The Affordable Care Act); the environment; and elections. Invited guest speakers include federal and state officials. Grade will be based on class participation and either a short final paper (12-15 pages, for two credits) or a longer research paper (for three credits).