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Constitution Day 2005


The University of Minnesota Law School, on behalf of the entire University of Minnesota system, presents:



In Order to Form a More Perfect Union



Friday, September 16, 12:15 pm.
Mondale Hall, Room 25


In this two-hour presentation, members of the Law School faculty will discuss recent and forthcoming Supreme Court controversies and the nomination of Judge John Roberts to serve as the next Chief Justice of the United States.

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2.0 CLE credits, including 1.0 elimination of bias credits, applied for

5 Minutes
Introduction and welcome
20 Minutes

The Constitution and the national economy

A. The Constitution and the economic system.  Mark Rosen

  1. Trade wars and the allocation of regulatory authority.  Granholm v. Heald, 125 S. Ct. 1885 (2005)
  2. The security of private property.  Kelo v. City of New London, 125 S. Ct. 2655 (2005)
  3. State regulation of the national economy.  Gonzalez v. Raich, 125 S. Ct. 2196 (2005)
B. State tax incentives for economic development.
    Kristin Hickman
20 Minutes

Equal protection. Jill Hasday 

A. Equal protection cases as the Supreme Court defines them: United States v. Georgia, 125 S. Ct. 2256 (2005) (granting cert.) (the meaning of § 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment)

B. Cases that might be understood to implicate the equal protection clause

  1. Who speaks for the family?  Can the police search a married couple’s home when the wife gives permission and the husband refuses?  Georgia v. Randolph, 125 S. Ct. 1840 (200
  2. Abortion as a question of equal protection.  Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood, 125 S. Ct. 2294 (2005) (granting cert.)
  3. The Solomon Amendment as a question of equal protection.  Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic & Institutional Rights, 125 S. Ct. 1977 (2005) (granting cert.)
20 Minutes

First Amendment.  Dale Carpenter

A. Freedom of speech and association

  1. Compelled speech.  Johanns v. Livestock Marketing Ass’n, 125 S. Ct. 2055 (2005)
  2. The freedom of association and political primaries.  Clingman v. Beaver, 125 S. Ct. 2029 (2005)

B. Freedom of religion and the establishment clause

  1. Permissible accommodation of religious exercise
    Cutter v. Wilkinson, 125 S. Ct. 2113 (2005)
  2. The Ten Commandments cases.  McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky, 125 S. Ct. 2722 (2005); Van Orden v. Perry, 125 S. Ct. 2854 (2005)
20 Minutes

Criminal procedure.  Kevin Reitz

A. Sixth Amendment bombshells.  Blakely v. Washington, 542 U.S. 295 (2004); United States v. Booker, 125 S. Ct. 738 (2005)

B. A new Sixth Amendment doctrine of incoherency and loopholes

C. The larger conundrum: policy considerations and constitutional law at cross-purposes

20 Minutes
The Constitution and the Supreme Court appointment process.  Michael Stokes Paulsen
20 Minutes

Resolved, the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court should be confirmed by the Senate

A. Affirmative.  David Stras

B. Negative.  Daria Roithmayr