Dr. George E. Connor
Phone: 836-5630, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: MTWRF by appointment, Strong 307
Carp, Stidham, and Manning. Judicial Process in America (8th ed.)
Slotnick, ed. Judicial Politics: Readings from Judicature (3rd. ed.)
1. Exams: There will be three exams worth 50 points consisting of two 25-point essay questions.
2. Papers: There will be one 20-25 page bibliographic essay worth 165 points. Papers are due at or before the beginning of class on the due date. No e-mail or faxed papers will be accepted. No late papers will be accepted.
3. Grading: The exams and papers will be equally weighted. No curve will be utilized, no extra-credit will be given, and no "rounding-up" will occur. Final grades will be based on total semester points (250) and the following scale: 93 A, 90 A-, 87 B+, 83 B, 80 B-, 77 C+, 73 C, 70 C-, 67 D+, 60 D (Please note that there are no A+s or D-s).
4. Attendance/Participation: Both are expected, neither is required. Attendance will be taken for administrative purposes only and will not be directly reflected in course grades. Pre-arranged absences may be tolerated with prior (24 hour) notice, University sanction, and documentation.
5. Promptness: Students arriving late for class will be glared at. Students arriving late for exams may not be allowed to take the exam.
5. Academic Dishonesty: Missouri State University is a community of scholars committed to developing educated persons who accept the responsibility to practice personal and academic integrity. You are responsible for knowing and following the university’s student honor code, Student Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures, available at www.missouristate.edu/assets/provost/AcademicIntegrityPolicyRev-1-08.pdf and also available at the Reserves Desk in Meyer Library. Any student participating in any form of academic dishonesty will be subject to sanctions as described in this policy.
6. Cell phones and other electronic devices: As a member of the learning community, each student has a responsibility to other students who are members of the community. When cell phones or pagers ring and students respond in class or leave class to respond, it disrupts the class. Therefore, the Office of the Provost prohibits the use by students of cell phones, pagers, PDAs, or similar communication devices during scheduled classes. All such devices must be turned off or put in a silent (vibrate) mode and ordinarily should not be taken out during class. Given the fact that these same communication devices are an integral part of the University’s emergency notification system, an exception to this policy would occur when numerous devices activate simultaneously. When this occurs, students may consult their devices to determine if a university emergency exists. If that is not the case, the devices should be immediately returned to silent mode and put away. Other exceptions to this policy may be granted at the discretion of the instructor.
7. Academic Accommodation: To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Director of Disability Services, Plaster Student Union, Suite 405, (417) 836-4192 or (417) 836-6792 (TTY), www.missouristate.edu/disability. Students are required to provide documentation of disability to Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations. Disability Services refers some types of accommodation requests to the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, which also provides diagnostic testing for learning and psychological disabilities. For information about testing, contact the Director of the Learning Diagnostic Clinic, (417) 836-4787, http://psychology.missouristate.edu/ldc.
Emergency Response:Students who require assistance during an emergency evacuation must discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Services. If you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. For additional information students should contact the Office of Disability Services, 836-4192 (PSU 405), or Larry Combs, Interim Assistant Director of Public Safety and Transportation at 836-6576. For further information on Missouri State University’s Emergency Response Plan, please refer to the following web site: http://www.missouristate.edu/safetran/erp.htm.
9. Nondiscrimination: Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, and maintains a grievance procedure available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. At all times, it is your right to address inquiries or concerns about possible discrimination to the Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance, Park Central Office Building, 117 Park Central Square, Suite 111, (417) 836-4252. Other types of concerns (i.e., concerns of an academic nature) should be discussed directly with your instructor and can also be brought to the attention of your instructor’s Department Head. Please visit the OED website at www.missouristate.edu/equity/.
10. Dropping: It is your responsibility to understand the University’s procedure for dropping a class. If you stop attending this class but do not follow proper procedure for dropping the class, you will receive a failing grade and will also be financially obligated to pay for the class. If you drop while failing after the drop deadline you will receive a failing grade. For information about dropping a class or withdrawing from the university, contact the Office of the Registrar at 836-5520. It should be noted that withdrawing from the University does not insure a "drop while passing" grade.
11. No Food or Drink in Strong Hall classrooms
Statement of Purpose-Preamble
The purpose of this course is to introduce upper-division students to the judicial processes present at the state and national level. While a basic understanding of these processes is necessary for persons who are both competent and educated citizens, this course examines the judicial process in detail. Political scientists perceive the courts to be both legal institutions and political institutions that should be studied, assessed, and critiqued at the intersection of law and politics. Because political science is such a diverse discipline, students will become acquainted with a broad variety of research questions and methodological approaches that arise out of the study of judicial processes.
Aug 23 Introduction: Syllabus, Schedule, Policies
Aug 25 Overview CSM Preface, 1, S Preface
Part I: Judicial Structures and Personnel
The purpose of this section is to introduce the structures, jurisdictions, and boundaries of the dual court system in the United States.
Aug 27 The Federal Judicial System: Bill, Ted, and Judicial Review CSM 2 *34-42
Aug 31 The American Constitutional System S 1 Intro, Slotnick
Sept 1 The American Constitutional System S 1 Melone & Mace, Shaman
Sept 3 State Judicial Systems: State Constitutions CSM 3 *57-63
Sept 6 NO CLASS (Labor Day Holiday)
Sept 8 States and State Courts S 13 Intro, Abrahamson & Gutmann
Sept 10 State and State Courts S 13 Elser
Sept 13 The Role of Clerks S 3 Intro, Crump
Sept 15 Jurisdiction and Policymaking Boundaries: Decision Rules CSM 4 *125-129
Sept 17 The American Constitutional System (Activism and Restraint) S 1 Intro, Taylor, Wallace
Sept 20 The American Constitutional System (Activism and Restraint) S 1 Wallace, Cohn
Sept 22 State Judges: Recall CSM 5
Sept 24 State Selection Systems S 2 Intro, Aspin, Thomas
Sept 27 State Selection Systems S 2 Thomas, Berkson
Sept 29 EXAM
Oct 1 Bibliographic Essay Assignment
Part II: Judicial Policy Making
The purpose of this section is to identify the main actors in federal court processes and to explore the linkages between citizens, elected officials, and the courts.
Oct 4 Federal Judges: Finality and Change3 CSM 6 *129-140
Oct 6 Federal Selection S 2 Intro, Goldman and friends
Oct 8 Federal Selection S 2, CSM
Oct 11 Federal Selection and Representation S 7 Intro, Goldman, Hurwitz, Davis
Oct 13 Federal Selection and Representation S 7 Davis, Marshall TOPICS DUE
Oct 15 NO CLASS (Fall Break)
Oct 18 Policy Links: Planes, Tools, and Vetoes CSM 7 *157-163
Oct 20 Courts, Congress, and the Presidency S 12 Intro, Miller, Lindquist
Oct 22 Courts, Congress, and the Presidency S 12 Lindquist, Watson
Oct 25 Lawyers, Litigants, and Interest Groups: Tocqueville and Bryce CSM 8 *189-195
Oct 27 Lawyers and Legal Practices S 4 Intro, Adams
Oct 29 Lawyers and Legal Practices S 4 Kritzer
Nov 1 The Role of Interest Groups S 5 Intro, Behuniak BIBLIOGRAPHIES DUE
Nov 3 The Role of Interest Groups S 5 Dean
Nov 5 EXAM
Nov 8 Evils of Plagiarism
Part II: Judicial Decision Making
This section is designed to explore the decision-making process of both trial and appellate courts and examine the implementation of these decisions.
Nov 10 Trial Court Decision Making: Dahl, Robert not Roald CSM 12 *298-312
Nov 12 NO CLASS
Nov 15 The Role of Public Opinion S 11 Intro, Marshall
Nov 17 The Role of Public Opinion S 11 Sheb ARTICLE SUMMARIES DUE
Nov 19 Internal Court Processes S 10 Intro, Segal
Nov 22 Internal Court Processes S 10 Bowen
Nov 24 NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Holiday)
Nov 26 NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Holiday)
Nov 29 Collegial Court Decision Making: Warren and Brown CSM 13 *340-350
Dec 1 Appellate Court Processes S 9 Provine
Dec 3 Appellate Court Processes S 9 O'Brien
Dec 6 Implementation and Impact: Miranda, Mapp, and Gideon CSM 14 *375-382 PAPERS DUE
Dec 8 Judicial Independence S 15 Fein, Friedman
Dec 10 DEAD DAY
FINAL EXAM December 15th 11:00-1:00
Dates to Remember: Last day to drop, November 12