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The American Legal System: An Overview & Discussion of Current Topics  

What many consider to be the most important living document, the U.S. Constitution, some would say has been construed in ways that the founding fathers may not have intended. This class will discuss, in three sessions, current hot topics and provide an overview of several areas of law and the legal system. The attendees will actively determine the class discussion, while the teacher, an attorney with 30 years of experience and a graduate of Cornell Law School, will supply the purported legal basis for any government action. Topics can range from the right to bear arms (in light of school shootings) to freedom of speech and the press (in light of claims of national security) to the right to peaceably assemble (in light of conflicting marches) to the right to a speedy trial (in light of the Patriot Act). Other hot legal topics that may be discussed are sexual harassment law, unlawful discrimination, civil rights, criminal law, impeachment, and the many facets of the court system.


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