OSHR 3009 - The Roberts Supreme Court and the Constitution (Perk Series Lecture)

  • 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.

The Roberts Court has now issued more than 600 opinions involving nearly every major issue of our time. As Laurence Tribe notes in his recent book, Uncertain Justice, "The Roberts Court has wrought remarkable and directed changes in many areas of the law, forever transforming how the Constitution is understood…In some important domains…a majority of the Roberts Court stands on the brink of revolution yet seems profoundly uncertain about whether and how to proceed…In other domains, it has already initiated major changes whose long term effects are clouded in mystery."

When Justice Souter retired, he noted, "The Constitution is a pantheon of values, and a lot of hard cases are hard because the Constitution gives no simple rule of decision for the cases in which one of the values is truly at odds with another…We want order and security, and we want liberty. And we want not only liberty but equality as well."

We will examine the above premises in a general overview of the impact of the Roberts Court not only on our daily lives, but also on how the Constitution is understood.

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