This course will be fast-paced and focused on selected current, highly publicized, volatile and contentious legal issues presented in cases pending before, or just decided by, federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.
Each week, several current “hot button” legal issues will be approached by first establishing the actual known facts of the implicated case, and distinguishing often contradictory and inaccurate media-based “expert” renditions of both fact and opinions of law. Next, we shall identify the precise critical legal issues implicated by the facts and, in interactive exchanges, anticipate future decisions or better understand the consequences of recent decisions, respectively. As the course progresses, a brief retrospective at the start of each lecture will permit students to be updated on important legal developments and new court decisions since prior discussion on the subject, lending additional value to both analysis and content. The course will equip the informed student to know the facts, to better understand the law and to understand the likely immediate as well as long-term import of pivotal court actions upon each participant and all citizens.
It is suggested that first-time students attend a pre-class primer at 2:00 p.m. on January 15 on the structure of the federal and state appellate court process. Returning students are also most welcome.
|Course # W8W3 — Eight Weeks|
| ||Place:||Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus|
| ||Dates:||Wednesdays — Jan. 15, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5|
| ||Time:||2:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.|
| ||Fee:||$68 / member; $98 / non-member|