The Public Law Workshop is intended to expose students to current scholarship in the public law area and to offer students an opportunity to learn about the scholarly enterprise more generally. In Spring 2015 the Workshop will focus on democracy and democratic institutions, particularly in an age of polarization. We expect presenters to address topics such as congressional dysfunctionality and executive branch response, parties and polarization, vote suppression, gerrymandering, lobbying, and campaign finance reform.
The Workshop is structured around presentations of working papers by leading public law scholars. In the week or two prior to a presentation, we will read cases, scholarship, and other materials addressing the subject of the working paper and discuss these materials in a standard seminar format. For the presentations by outside scholars, students are expected to read the paper and to participate in the discussion, which will be joined by other faculty members.
Students will be required to write four short response papers, at least two of which must be for weeks with presentations, and to complete a 25-page final paper.