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Dennis J. Hutchinson : Courses and Seminars

American Law and the Rhetoric of Race
LAWS 49801
(CL, CORE) This course presents an episodic study of the ways in which American law has treated legal issues involving race. Two episodes are studied in detail: the criminal law of slavery during the antebellum period and the constitutional attack on state-imposed segregation in the twentieth century. The case method is used, although close attention is paid to litigation strategy as well as to judicial opinions.Undergraduate students registering in the LLSO, PLSC, HIST, AMER cross-listed offerings must go through the undergraduate pre-registration process. Law students do NOT need consent.
Spring 2017
Dennis J. Hutchinson
The Roberts Court
LAWS 50312
(SRP, WP, BID, CORE, SEM)Co-taught by Professor Lee Epstein and Mr. Adam Liptak (Supreme Court correspondent of the New York Times) with Judge Richard A. Posner and Professors Dennis Hutchinson and William M. Landes also participating, this course will examine the contemporary Supreme Court. Topics include the Court's membership; its procedures for selecting cases for review; the role of lawyers, law clerks, and journalists; and doctrinal developments in several areas of the law.
Winter 2017
Richard A. Posner, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein, Adam Liptak