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The Formation of the United States Constitution
Benton Becker

COURSE DESCRIPTION: With victory having been achieved in the Revolutionary War, representatives of the new nation drafted a blueprint for the government. The U. S. Constitution, which assigns powers and authority to the three branches of the U. S. government is (potentially) replete with vague and ambiguous terms. The judicial branch (the Supreme Court) attempts to seize that valuable interpretive power and make interpretive judgments about what is or is not constitutional.
1. The formation of the U.S. Constitution as the Supreme Law of the land, but no branch of the newly formed government is authorized or empowered to interpret the document.
2. In 1803, without constitutional or legislative authority, the Supreme Court seized the exclusive power to interpret the Constitution and to nullify and void lawmaking efforts by the Legislative and Executive Branches.
3. In 1856, following the Supreme Court's 1803 seizure of power, the Supreme Court broadens it constitutional power...and significantly contributes to the cause of the Civil War.
4. A view of the Supreme Court's 2014 power to void (to declare unconstitutional) laws of Congress, Administrative Orders of Presidents and state laws.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Benton Becker began his legal career as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Later, in private practice, Becker represented the U.S. Congress, and a national political party and served as Special Counsel to President Ford throughout the pardon negotiations of former President Nixon. Becker recently retired as a Professor of Constitutional Law from St. Thomas University Law School.  ​He has lectured at numerous law schools throughout the nation and has provided several constitutional lecture series at the Lifelong Learning Society at FAU.

Time: 10:00 am - 11:45 am
Date: Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member

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