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FYS Gavels and Gowns: Past Precedent in the Present: Start Here

A guide for Dr. K. Grooms's first year seminar 2019.

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Gavels and Gowns: Past Precedent in the Present

Article III of the U.S. Constitution gives judicial power to the Supreme Court. Supreme Court rulings have broad implications for society but, outside of a few landmark rulings, most people are unfamiliar with many of the cases that shape our current legal system and social norms. We will explore these cases using the framework of the podcast “More Perfect” from Radiolab. We will learn the background history of cases, learn the process for how cases get to the Supreme Court, listen to oral arguments and read decisions, and discuss the implications and unintended consequences of rulings.

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