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The Constitution and the Supreme Court : A Continuing Series in Progress
Benton Becker

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This lecture series continues the study of the Constitution and the Supreme Court with all new, and currently pending, constitutional issues. Important constitutional Rights, including speech, religion, and criminal procedure will be discussed. At the final lecture, students will be asked to serve as Supreme Court Justices and to rule in pending cases before the Court. 
1. Introduction to the meaning of and the absence of any specific judicial authority to declare a law unconstitutional. 
2. The Constitutional Right of Free Speech insures, (most of the time), that people cannot be punished for mere expression.
3. Speech (all forms of expression) NOT protected by the 1st Amendment, plus Right of Association.
4. Does the 1st Amendment's requirement that government may not Establish or restrict the Free Exercise of religion insure government hostility toward religion?
5. Does the constitutional remedy for 4th Amendment violations allow the guilty to go free?
6. Is the universal constitutional Right to remain silent exclusively invoked by one distinct classification of people? (i.e., the criminally guilty)
7. Lectures on three recent and highly controversial Supreme Court decisions,( i.e., Continuation of Affirmative Action preferences, Same Sex Marriage and modification of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.)
8. Lifelong Learning students serve as Supreme Court Justices deciding currently pending cases before the Court.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Benton Becker began his legal career as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Later, in private practice, Becker represented the U.S. Congress, and a national political party and served as Special Counsel to President Ford throughout the pardon negotiations of former President Nixon. Becker recently retired as a Professor of Constitutional Law from St. Thomas University Law School.  ​He has lectured at numerous law schools throughout the nation and has provided several constitutional lecture series at the Lifelong Learning Society at FAU.

Time: 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Date: Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member

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