Constitutional Law Case Reading Workshop

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 noon to 2 p.m.

Want to learn more about the US Constitution? Are you interested in becoming a better legal writer? Would you like to sharpen your case law reading skills? Do you want all of this for FREE? 

Joseph Longhany, an instructor in the UCF Department of Writing and Rhetoric will host a Constitutional Case Law Reading Workshop Series. This is a perfect workshop series for legal studies students, history students, or anyone interested in learning more about the Constitution. 

  • Learn about how the Commerce Clause evolved and changed through more than 200 years of Supreme Court rulings 
  • Explore how the Necessary and Proper Clause serves as a test for the constitutionality of laws Congress passes 
  • Gain insights as to how the interpretation of the Constitution has changed by studying some of the most important Supreme Court Cases of all time 
  • Sharpen your ability to read and dissect complicated legal principles  

What You Need 

Pick up a copy of Josh Blackmon and Randy Barnett’s book An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know. You can get the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Constitutional-Law-Supreme-Everyone/dp/1543813909 

When 

Join us on Zoom every Wednesday at noon, starting on May 26 and running to July 28.

What to Expect 

Buckle up — over this ten-week workshop series, we are going to read 100 important Supreme Court cases. We will cover cases like Loving v. Virginia (1967), the landmark case that gave people the right to marry whomever one wants regardless of their race. We will read infamous cases like Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857) and cases that hit close to home like Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida (1996).

Each week we will review a section or two from the book, discussing key Constitutional principles, unpacking rulings and the reasoning for those rulings, progressively building a coherent narrative of how our great Constitution has evolved over the past 245 years.

We will do some writing exercises to explore ideas more deeply. First, by writing and elaborating on big ideas, you will create a better working memory of key, bedrock, Constitutional principles. Second, by practicing writing in this way, you will gain vital reading and writing skills, including the following abilities: 

  • Analogical reasoning 
  • Dexterity in sentence construction 
  • Aptitude for legal analysis 
  • Construction of Issue Statements 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/constitutional-law-case-law-reading-workshop-tickets-154852785851

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Once you have registered for the event, you will receive a reading schedule for the workshop series, so you can follow along with what we are covering each week. You are welcome to attend as many or as few events as you would like.

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