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226.8 sec. 001 - Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Property Rights and Economic Liberty (Fall 2022)

Instructor: John M Groen  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
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From August 23, 2022
To October 04, 2022

Course Start: August 23, 2022
Course End: October 04, 2022
Class Number: 31844

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 02/17 06:39 AM


This class is designed to give students experience in strategic constitutional litigation focused on property rights and economic liberty. Conducted in cooperation with the Pacific Legal Foundation, this seminar will use pending and recent Supreme Court petitions and merits briefs to provide insight to substantive legal theories and litigation strategy for developing precedent setting cases. We will cover substantive legal doctrines related to property rights with particular focus on the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

Students may take this seminar on it's own or with the practicum (Law 226.8A). Students interested in taking the practicum must enroll in this seminar and should attend the first day of the seminar. At the first session of the seminar, the cases and issues available for the practicum will be presented to the students for their consideration. The instructor will provide the class number to those students interested in enrolling the practicum. At the conclusion of the seminar class, interested students will then begin the practicum.

The instructor, John Groen, first taught this course in Fall 2018 and has refined the reading assignments to better fit a one unit class. He has extensive experience in public interest litigation before all levels of federal and state courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. As a public interest lawyer, he brings a passion for his work and seeks to convey to students the strategies, obstacles and excitement in developing constitutional precedent.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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