Supreme Court Institute Workshop
Professors Gornstein and Shanmugam
J.D. Seminar 606
| 2 credit hours
This seminar seeks greater understanding of the Supreme Court's decisions by exploring the litigation process before the Court. We will examine the nature of effective advocacy before the Court and the ways in which advocates' strategies may influence the Court at each stage of a case. Specifically, we will examine the petition for certiorari, brief in opposition, and reply to the opposition, merits briefs by the parties and amici, and oral argument.
Class sessions will include short lectures, extensive in-class discussion of assigned materials, in-class moot courts, and attendance at three Supreme Court Institute moot court arguments. The SCI moot courts will be scheduled, if possible, at our regular class time, but if that is not possible, they may also be scheduled for either Wednesday or Friday, at 3:30. Students unable to attend a particular moot court can make arrangements to attend a different moot. The class will also have the opportunity to attend one actual Supreme Court argument.
Assigned readings will consist of Supreme Court filings, key cases discussed in the filings, and transcripts of oral arguments. Course grades will be based on two written assignments. One written assignment will be to draft a brief in opposition to certiorari (15-25 pages); the other will be to draft answers to oral argument questions (approximately five pages). Students will be expected to be prepared to participate, and to participate, at each seminar meeting.
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