Welcome to Constitutional Law. Our class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2-3:15 p.m. in Room 273. The casebook is Erwin Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law, Sixth Edition (Aspen Casebook Series, 2019). (Please note that after the first week, this will be a modified no-laptop class. I will explain the policy in greater detail next week. If you are considering purchasing an electronic-only copy, please make sure you have a tablet or similarly unobtrusive device with which to access it in class.)
We will begin the semester with two materials from beyond the casebook. For the first two classes, please read the following documents: 1) Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, 135 S. Ct. 2652 (2015), which is attached. Read the majority opinion and the dissents by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Scalia; you need not read Justice Thomas's dissent. 2) Read the United States Constitution, including the amendments. You can find it easily online and it is also in the casebook. We will not get to it until the second day of class, but we will go over it fairly carefully, so please read it closely and more than once.