New! Equal Protection: The 14th Amendment
6 sessions, 9 hours
This course considers the uniquely American approach to “state action” as it applies to the obligations of the states to provide equal protection to citizens of the United States. These rights are conferred on the citizenry by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution which provides “No State shall make or enforce any law….. (which would) deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” We will consider the historical, sociological and political reasons surrounding the adoption of the 14th Amendment and its application over time. We will also consider matters of race, economic and social regulations, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marriage, voting, access to courts, and the right to travel.
Instructor: Jim Baer’s former students at Ursinus College called him “intelligent, motivating, friendly, very funny, very experienced,” and said he was, “the best teacher ever hired.” A graduate of The University of Virginia School of Law, Jim is a forty-five year member of the Maryland Bar and was also a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. He was a trial lawyer in private practice until 2001 when he returned to his alma mater, Ursinus College, where he created the college’s Center for Legal Studies and taught a variety of courses utilizing a unique blend of Socratic Method and open class discussion.
ILR563 Equal Protection: The 14th Amendment
5-Digit Number: 16265
Mon, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., 9/24 – 10/29
Location: Conference Center/E-123
Tuition: $40.00 Fee: $79.00 Total: $119.00
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only