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.
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
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:
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