The course considers the structure and powers of the federal courts and their relationship to the political branches and the state courts. The topics covered include justiciability, congressional authority to define and limit federal court jurisdiction, federal common law and implied rights of action, the application of state law in federal courts under the Erie doctrine, civil rights actions and immunities of state officials and governments, and habeas corpus. The focus of the course is on structural constitutional considerations relating to both the separation of powers between the three branches of the national government as well as the federalism relationship between the national government and the state governments.
The current plan is for this class to be taught in a hybrid format during the Spring semester, with some in-person sessions for those able to attend them.
|Course Areas of Practice|
Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law