OSHR 1348 - The Supreme Court in Transition

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

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.

Adam Liptak of the New York Times recently noted that since the death of Justice Scalia, "The Supreme Court has gone into hibernation, withdrawing from the central role it has played in American life...The Court is not deadlocked so much as diminished." We will examine Liptak's premise and also the related question, "Is a Court that does less better for the nation?"

In addition, we will explore how the Court vacancy has dramatically affected the dynamic of oral argument; the writing strategies of majority, concurring and dissenting opinions; the acceptance (or not) of new cases; and the increasingly significant role of the U.S. Courts of Appeal.

Readings: Current newspaper and magazine articles on the Supreme Court.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.