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The Constitution: A Living Document?

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ClassGraphic Constitutional interpretation has evolved from a dry academic conversation to a controversy with real-life consequences. Is the Constitution a living document that evolves, changes over time, and adapts to new circumstances? Or is it an 18th Century document that must be interpreted according to the original understandings of the drafters and ratifiers? How do these approaches differ and how are those differences reflected in federal court opinions? We will focus our discussions on two texts: David Strauss’s The Living Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Antonin Scalia's A Matter of Interpretation (Princeton University Press, 2018). We will also read some court opinions, edited for clarity and brevity, to analyze how the two theories have been applied in recent years in real cases.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Wed

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Margaret Schilt2.Angela D'Aversa 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/6/2023 - 12/6/2023 Weekly - Wed 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Angela D'Aversa  ; Margaret Schilt 
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