Advanced Constitutional Law: Civil Rights Movement in Alabama Seminar - LAW 630

2 Hours

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.


Spring 2018 Section 026
Professor Anil Mujumdar
Syllabus for Spring 2018 section 026