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MMPA 6812 Contemporary Cases and Issues in the Courts: Welcome & Course Readings

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MMPA 6812 Required Course Readings


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Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002). 

Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969). 

Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas et al., 349 U.S. 294 (1955).

Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976). 

Bush et al. v. Gore et al., 531 U.S. 98 (2000). 

Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Company, Inc, 129 S. Ct. 2252 (2009). 

Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984). 

City of Boerne v. Flores, Archbishop of San Antonio, and United States 521 U.S. 507 (1997).

Cohen, H. G. (2006). Supremacy and diplomacy: The international law of the U.S. Supreme Court. Berkeley Journal of International Law, 24(1), 273–329. 

Davis v. Federal Election Commission, 552 U.S.1135 (2008). 

De Luca, T. (2007). Free speech, political equality, and campaign finance reform: A paradox for democracy? New Political Science, 29(2), 145–166. 

District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008). 

Douglas, D. (2003). Symposium article: The rhetorical uses of Marbury v. Madison: The emergence of a “great case.” Wake Forest Law Review, 38(2), 375.

Dred Scott v. John Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1856).

Fontana, D. (2008). The Supreme Court: Missing in action. Dissent (00123846), 55(2), 68–74. doi: 10.1353/dss.2008.0068.

Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963).

Goldberg v. Kelly, 397 U.S. 254 (1970). 

Goldwater v. Carter, 444 U.S. 996 (1979). 

Graglia, L. A. (1994). Do judges have a policy-making role in the American system of government? Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 17(1), 118–130.

Greenhouse, L. (1999, January 14). Supreme Court hears welfare case. New York Times, p. A14. 

Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003). 

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006). 

Hawaii Housing Authority et al. v. Midkiff et al., 467 U.S. 229 (1987).

Herz, M. (1997). The legislative veto in times of political reversal: Chadha and the 104th Congress. Constitutional Commentary, 14(2), 319–336. 

Hooks, J. M. (2007). In defense of judicial elections. The Alabama Lawyer, 68, 295–300. 

Hustler Magazine and Flynt v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1987). 

INS v. Chadha, 462 U.S. 919 (1983).

Kelo et al. v. City of New London et al., 545 U.S. 469 (2005).

Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S., 214 (1944)

Klein, G. (2002, October 13). Congress tries its hand at fixing elections. Tampa Tribune, p. 1. 

Lavinbuk, A. N. (2005). Rethinking early judicial involvement in foreign affairs: An empirical study of the Supreme Court's docket. The Yale Law Journal, 114(4), 855–903. 

Liptak, A. (2008, November 4). Justices weigh effect of F.D.A. approval of drug labels on suits in state courts. New York Times, p. A20. 

Lofton, L. (2008). Electing or appointing judges can be a double-edged sword. Mississippi Business Journal, 30(44). 18–19. 

Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 505 U.S. 1003 (1992). 

Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803).

Mathews v. Eldridge, 424 U.S. 319 (1976). 

Medtronic, Inc. v. Lohr et vir. 518 U.S. 470 (1966). 

Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).

Packer, A. (2007, April 7). Experts dissect judicial selection bill. Las Vegas Review - Journal, p. 2B. 

Palazzolo, D., Moscardelli, V., Patrick, M., & Rubin, D. (2008). Election reform after HAVA: Voter verification in Congress and the States. Publius, 38(3), 515–537. 

Pardo, M. S. (2005). Disentangling the Fourth Amendment and the self-incrimination clause. Iowa Law Review, 90(5), 1857–1903. 

Perry, B. A. (2006). Jefferson’s legacy to the Supreme Court: Freedom of religion. Journal of Supreme Court History, 31(2), 181–198. 

Red Lion Broadcasting Co., Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission, 395 U.S. 367 (1969). 

Reinhardt, S. R. (1994). The Supreme Court as a partially political institution. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 17(1), 148–153.

Roe et al. v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).

Schauer, F. (2006). The Supreme Court 2005 term: Foreword: The court’s agenda–and the nation’s. Harvard Law Review, 120(1), 5.

Sherbert v. Verner et al., Members of South Carolina Employment Security Commission et al., 374 U.S. 398 (1963). 

United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. et al., 299 U.S. 304 (1936). 

Wald, P. M. (1990). Government benefits: A new look at an old gifthorse. NYUL Rev., 65, 247.

War Powers Act of 1973, Pub. L. No. 93-148, 542 Stat. 555–559 (1973). 

Williams, C. J. (2009, November 19). Gay couple ruling; A federal attorney is to be repaid the costs associated with his husband being denied healthcare coverage. Los Angeles Times, p. A6. 

Wyeth v. Levine, 550 U.S. 955 (2006). 


Other Readings

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