Many national civil rights and civil liberties advances, as well as international human rights progresses, are attributable to the brave men and women who brought claims as litigants and lawyers in Alabama and who exercised their constitutional rights to demonstrate peacefully in order to defeat inequality. This Advanced Constitutional Law Seminar will examine the lives of the Alabamians, the volunteers, the community organizers, the clergy, the lawyers, the judges, as well as, the cases and issues which have been central in shaping civil rights laws. We will study the major cases and events occurring in or connected to Alabama that have shaped our nation both then and now. During the semester you will be responsible for selecting a lecture topic from among those listed below and facilitating the class discussion of issues involved. By the end of the semester you will complete a paper that analyzes and contextualizes a current or historical civil rights issue through primary research, secondary research, or both. Your paper will address the contemporary or historical context of the issue you choose, as well as an accompanying legal analysis of the same via this Alabama lens.