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.
In recent years, Congressional dysfunction and Executive inaction have enabled the Supreme Court to become a dominant engine of political, economic, and social change. The 2016 elections, however, have dramatically altered the playing field with regard to the balance of Executive, Congressional, and Judicial power. What role will the Court play in this new scenario? Elections inevitably create new winners and losers, and it is an American tradition that losers in the political process frequently turn to the courts for redress or restoration of lost powers and rights.
How will the Supreme Court respond? Will the Court operate above national and regional politics? Or, given the current polarization of American society, will it become just another political player? We will examine the above issues in the context of significant upcoming cases in the Court’s October 2017 Term.
Please Note: No class November 22.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Eric Waples has taught courses on the Supreme Court for 40 years. While history department chair at the Potomac School in McLean, Va., he met with various Supreme Court Justices and sat in on numerous cases.