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Geoffrey R. Stone : Courses and Seminars

Elements of the Law
LAWS 30101
This course examines the role of judges in our legal system, focusing particularly on the processes of statutory and constitutional interpretation. The subjects for discussion include the nature of, and justification for, reasoning from precedent; the meaning of originalism and other methods of interpretation; and the role of history and context in judicial decision making. The student's grade is based on a final examination.
Autumn 2014
Geoffrey R. Stone
Greenberg Seminar: 1968
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg Seminar, which will be taught by Geoffrey Stone and Jane Dailey (History Department), will explore the extraordinary events and historical significance of the year 1968. Using a range of materials, including art, literature, music, film, and historical sources, we will touch upon such events as the student takeover of Columbia University and the radical student movement; the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement; the growth of the Black Power movement; the emergence of the Women's Liberation Movement; the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy; Prague Spring; the 1968 Democratic Convention; the 1968 presidential election and its consequences. Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2014
Geoffrey R. Stone, Jane Dailey
Constitutional Law II: Freedom of Speech
LAWS 40201
This course explores the doctrine and theory of the constitutional law of freedom of speech. The subjects for discussion include advocacy of unlawful conduct, defamation, invasion of privacy, commercial speech, obscenity and pornography, offensive speech, symbolic expression, protest in public places, regulation of campaign finance, and selective government subsidies of speech. Students who have completed Constitutional Law IV are ineligible to enroll in this course. The grade is based on a final in-class examination.
Winter 2015
Geoffrey R. Stone
Greenberg Seminar: 1968
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg Seminar, which will be taught by Geoffrey Stone and Jane Dailey (History Department), will explore the extraordinary events and historical significance of the year 1968. Using a range of materials, including art, literature, music, film, and historical sources, we will touch upon such events as the student takeover of Columbia University and the radical student movement; the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement; the growth of the Black Power movement; the emergence of the Women's Liberation Movement; the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy; Prague Spring; the 1968 Democratic Convention; the 1968 presidential election and its consequences. Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2015
Geoffrey R. Stone, Jane Dailey
Evidence
LAWS 41601
This course examines the law governing proof of disputed propositions of fact in criminal and civil trials, including relevance, character evidence, the hearsay "rule" and other rules of exclusion, and examination and privileges of witnesses. The grade is based on a final in-class examination.
Spring 2015
Geoffrey R. Stone
Greenberg Seminar: 1968
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg Seminar, which will be taught by Geoffrey Stone and Jane Dailey (History Department), will explore the extraordinary events and historical significance of the year 1968. Using a range of materials, including art, literature, music, film, and historical sources, we will touch upon such events as the student takeover of Columbia University and the radical student movement; the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement; the growth of the Black Power movement; the emergence of the Women's Liberation Movement; the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy; Prague Spring; the 1968 Democratic Convention; the 1968 presidential election and its consequences. Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2015
Geoffrey R. Stone, Jane Dailey
The Life and Times of the Warren Court
LAWS 50313
This seminar will explore the historical and constitutional dimensions of the Warren Court. It will examine the Court's decisions in such areas as racial discrimination, voting, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, criminal procedure, and privacy. The focus will be not only on the decisions, but also on the historical, political, legal, and cultural factors that shaped the Warren Court's work. We will also examine several of the Justices as individuals as well as the Warren Court's legacy. Each student will write several short papers during the course of the quarter. Upper-level History undergraduates with consent of instructors.
Spring 2015
Geoffrey R. Stone, Jane Dailey