This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Last year's Supreme Court term ended with Chief Justice Roberts abandoning his usual voting partners in the Affordable Care Act case. It is not clear yet how this year's term will end, especially with major cases involving gay marriage rights, voting rights and affirmative action still pending.
No matter what the outcome of these cases, it is evident that the personal dynamics of the Court are in flux and will continue to be so. Will Justice Roberts regain control of the Court and the allegiance of his conservative colleagues? Will Justice Kennedy (Jeffrey Toobin once described him as "an extremist of varied enthusiasms") retreat back toward the center? Will Justice Kagan's blend of political acumen and incisive writing skills elevate her to major player status? Will Justice Scalia continue to occasionally run off the rails both on and off the Court? Will Justice Ginsburg resign soon or run the risk of being replaced by a Republican President? Will Justice Thomas ever speak again in oral argument?
Come learn about the changing personal dynamics of the Supreme Court and how these changes have affected both oral arguments and the Court's decision-making processes.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.