Can They Do That?
The Constitution in today's America
Next Class: Thursday, Feb. 16
One Thursday • 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. • Auditorium & Zoom February 16
Mackey Auditorium, Ruby Gerontology Center
and via Zoom (OLLI members only)
OLLI at Cal State Fullerton
The U.S. Constitution is the sometimes misunderstood “operating system” of the world’s longest-enduring republic.
This course will preview and review the U.S. Supreme Court’s major decisions in its current term/
The class is presented live and recorded for the convenience of l OLLI members. In addition, key documents referenced in each class are provided as links in class notes (see below).
Instructor: Mike Stover
Note: To add yourself to the class email, contact:
This course will preview and review the U.S. Supreme Court’s major decisions in its current term, including abortion, gunowner rights/restrictions, “administrative state” restrictions, affirmative action and voting rights and limitations.
Class Notes feb. 16
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The articles posted below are not an endorsement by OLLI or the University of their content but are intended to provide perspectives or supplementary information for class presentations.
Class Notes: July 5
Articles are added before and immediately after each class.
Overview of 2022 Supreme Court decisions
$NYT: How the Supreme Court ruled in the significant decisions of 2022
$Economist: SCOTUS, an end-of-term report
Decision: DOBBS, STATE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, ET AL. v. JACKSON WOMEN’S HEALTH ORGANIZATION ET AL.
CBS News poll: Americans react to the overturning of Roe v. Wade
Aid to religious schools
Gun owner rights
Decision: NEW YORK STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC., ET AL. v. BRUEN, SUPERINTENDENT OF NEW YORK STATE POLICE, ET AL.
Power Plant decision: WEST VIRGINIA ET AL. v. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ET AL.
Class Notes: april 6
Justices try to draw lines in California property-rights dispute
Will the Supreme Court uphold the NCAA version of amateurism?
Class Notes: March 2
Supreme Court Cases
Justices hear argument on whether “hot pursuit” for misdemeanors allows police to enter home without a warrant
Class Notes: February 2
Impeaching Officials While They're in Office, but Trying Them After They Leave
EdX/Princeton class on "Constitutional Interpretation" (interactive class ends June 29)
Constitution in printed booklet form (Hillsdale University)
Sources for class discussion
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
PrincetonX: Constitutional Interpretation
Constitutional (Washington Post)
Can He Do That (Washington Post)
Class #7 notes: Suffrage and Prohibition Amendments; Supreme Court 2019 term review and 2020 preview
Text: Supreme Court decision on border wall funding transfer
Class #6 Notes: Reconstruction Constitutional Amendments, Civil Rights Enforcement, Birthright Citizenship
Constitution in the News
Text: Supreme Court says partisan reapportionment cannot be reviewed by courts
Text: Supreme Court delays decision on citizenship issue on 2020 census
Text: Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Vulgar Trademarks
Text: Three justices argue that most of government may be Unconstitutional
Supreme Court with Roberts in charge: Conservative, but not always predictable
Text: House of Representatives brief seeking subpoena against President
Text: Ending "Plessy" Precedent in Brown v Board of Education
Class #5 Notes: Bill of Rights
Constitution in the News
Amending the Constitution
Bill of Rights
Notes from June 4th class: The Judicial Branch
April 9 class: Article I, II, Electoral College highlights/background. Plus: Constitutional Scholar Tom Campbell Interview
March 5 class: CSUF Professor George Dery
CSUF Professor George Dery joined us to talk about Constitutional protections affecting our personal electronics.
February 5 Class Notes
$NYT: Supreme Court Takes Up New Cases on Partisan Gerrymandering
Conservative Supreme Court could reverse decades of First Amendment law
$WP: 2019 court fights that will decide the future of net neutrality
Kavanaugh’s impact on the Supreme Court and the country may not be as profound as predicted