Landmark decisions of the Supreme Court are like tips of icebergs: what we see before us looms very large indeed yet much of what makes up the totality of each case, the story behind the people that drive the litigation in the first place, is usually obscured from our view. This lecture will examine the human drama associated with Supreme Court decisions by discussing the people at the “storm center” of several cases and controversies that have formed the basis of our constitutional and political system. This lecture will discuss William Marbury’s quest for a position on the federal bench, Homer Plessy’s fateful decision to sit in the wrong carriage on a train in Louisiana, Linda Brown’s desire to attend an integrated public school and David Lucas’ dream of building a beach house in South Carolina. These and other “constitutional stories” will help transform the often sterile environment of constitutional law into fascinating vignettes about people who persisted in pursuing their dream of what they thought to be in the best interests of protecting important American values.
|Lecture # W1T2|
|Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.|
| ||Place:||Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus|
| ||Dates:||Tuesday — Feb. 11, 2014|
| ||Time:||7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.|
| ||Fee:||$20 / member; $30 / non-member|