Class #75

Landmark Judgements Of The Supreme Court: How The Court Molded American History

Lou Covotsos

September 22 - September 28


instructor imageBeginning with an overview of legal analysis (i.e., what lawyers do) and how the courts became a co-equal branch of government in the early 19th century, this class will explore major social and governmental issues through landmark Supreme Court decisions.

The Supreme Court played, and continues to play, a major role in such social and cultural issues as reproduction, marriage and housing. The court ruled on issues of sectionalism and slavery, playing a crucial role as an underlying cause of the Civil War. The court became a roadblock to the establishment of the modern welfare state, and it was instrumental in defining the roles of women and African Americans. The landmark cases covered in this class will be set within a broader cultural, social, political, economic and historical context.

The class will feature a student re-enactment of a landmark Supreme Court case, using the actual briefs of the litigants.

The class will apply the lessons of history to issues that are ripped from todayís headlines, with the dual goals of encouraging your participation and expanding your understanding of how the nationís highest court shaped American history.

Lou Covotsos earned both a masterís degree and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in modern United States history, with an emphasis on both womenís studies and the southern United States. After going on to earn his J.D., Lou became associate professor of law at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law for 25 years, teaching legal analysis to first-year law students. He has pursued his first loveóhistoryóby crafting several social history classes that he has presented at both The Clearing and for Learning in Retirement. Lou retired to Door County with his wife, Daniele, in 2010, where they live year-round.

Lou will contact students prior to class.

Level: All Levels

Pricing (per person):
$1045 Dorm Room Package*
$1145 Two-Person Room Package*
$1705 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$615 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals