May 26, 2024  
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LAW 870 - Race & the U.S. Supreme Court

2 Credit Hours
The role of race in the law’s infrastructure can be more adequately understood through the United States Supreme Court decisions that created that infrastructure. This seminar will examine the United States Supreme Court’s decisions on race and racism and how the Court, since Plessy, has struggled with fundamental issues of racial bias, bigotry, and inequality. Will take a neutral, microscopic view of landmark Supreme Court decisions that laid the foundation for the law’s intersection with race. In reviewing the Court’s decisions, students will consider how the Court’s views impacted society’s views of race and racism and, in turn, how society’s views have impacted judicial analysis. Students will study the Supreme Court’s decisions impacting race against the backdrop of history and will analyze how the Court’s rationale affected the society’s progress. In addition to this historical review, students will analyze current literature on race, racism, and anti-racism and will consider whether the tenets of this literature could provide a more equitable means for courts to evaluate issues of race.
Grading Restriction: Numeric grading (JD students); A-F grading (graduate students).
Registration Restriction(s): JD students only or with Instructor Permission.



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