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Alison LaCroix : Courses and Seminars

Greenberg Seminar: Law and Empire in Historical Perspective
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg Seminar, which will be led by professors Alison LaCroix (law) and Jennifer Pitts (political science), will focus on recent works examining the law and politics of empire from the early modern period through the early twentieth century. Empires present particular problems of constitutional law, in particular the relationship between center and periphery. They are arenas in which conceptions of sovereignty, authority, and regulation are created and fought over. They are also sites of conflict over membership, commerce, and the rights of colonized peoples. We will read works by historians, political scientists, and legal scholars that situate these issues in the context of particular empires, in both the Atlantic and Pacific worlds. Three seats are reserved for non-law students. Prospective students who are not law students should send to both instructors a brief statement indicating their reasons for interest in the course. Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2015
Alison LaCroix, Jennifer Pitts
Constitutional Law I: Governmental Structure
LAWS 40101
This course provides an introduction to the United States Constitution. Topics to be covered include constitutional interpretation; the function of judicial review; the role of the states and the federal government in the federal structure; and the allocation of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The student's grade is based on a final in-class examination.
Winter 2016
Alison LaCroix
Greenberg Seminar: Law and Empire in Historical Perspective
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg Seminar, which will be led by professors Alison LaCroix (law) and Jennifer Pitts (political science), will focus on recent works examining the law and politics of empire from the early modern period through the early twentieth century. Empires present particular problems of constitutional law, in particular the relationship between center and periphery. They are arenas in which conceptions of sovereignty, authority, and regulation are created and fought over. They are also sites of conflict over membership, commerce, and the rights of colonized peoples. We will read works by historians, political scientists, and legal scholars that situate these issues in the context of particular empires, in both the Atlantic and Pacific worlds. Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2016
Alison LaCroix, Jennifer Pitts
Civil Procedure II
LAWS 30221
Civil Procedure is offered in two parts. Part I meets in the Autumn Quarter and addresses the mechanics of civil litigation, with special reference to pleading, discovery, and trial, including the respective roles of judge and jury. Part II is offered in the Spring Quarter and focuses on the study of the power of particular courts to decide cases (subject-matter jurisdiction); jurisdiction of the courts over the person or things before them; the scope and effect of judgments; principles of finality of judgments; and the rules governing joinder of claims and parties. The student's grade is based on an examination given at the end of each quarter.
Spring 2016
Alison LaCroix
Greenberg Seminar: Law and Empire in Historical Perspective
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg Seminar, which will be led by professors Alison LaCroix (law) and Jennifer Pitts (political science), will focus on recent works examining the law and politics of empire from the early modern period through the early twentieth century. Empires present particular problems of constitutional law, in particular the relationship between center and periphery. They are arenas in which conceptions of sovereignty, authority, and regulation are created and fought over. They are also sites of conflict over membership, commerce, and the rights of colonized peoples. We will read works by historians, political scientists, and legal scholars that situate these issues in the context of particular empires, in both the Atlantic and Pacific worlds. Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2016
Alison LaCroix, Jennifer Pitts
The History of American Federalism: Origins to the Civil War
LAWS 97602
This seminar examines the history of American federalism, both as a constitutional value and as a product of intellectual history, from its early modern European antecedents to the Civil War. Topics include the legal and political organization of the colonies and the British Empire, early American federal experiments, the American Revolution, the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, the ideology of union, nullification, secession, and the Civil War. Readings will come from primary historical sources, secondary sources in history and law, political theory, and cases. Grades will be based on a series of short response papers and an in-class presentation.
Spring 2016
Alison LaCroix