The Supreme Court and Major Topics in U.S. Law

Fall - September 18–November 21, 2021
Modality, Day & Time:
Online - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sharon Yamen

Course Descriptions

This course examines the United States Supreme Court and several of the major social and legal issues over which it has jurisdiction. Beginning with a brief introduction on how cases are heard by the Supreme Court, we proceed to a wide-ranging look inside America's most hotly debated cases and the issues that shape them. Covering both the substantive and the procedural law, students learn how to identify legitimate arguments for and against each topic and gain an understanding of constitutional challenges and limitations.

Topics under consideration may include privacy rights, freedom of speech, LGBTQ rights and the determination of sex and gender, the death penalty, legalization of marijuana, voting rights, gun control, and coronavirus-related issues. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.

Registration Guidance & Call Number(s)

Please note, this course may have multiple classes being offered in a particular term. Students should only register for one class and with one call number.

To view detailed information on a particular offering, click on the call number to be directed to the Directory of Classes catalogue.

  • SUPR0104 | Call Number: 15138 (Sundays)

Further guidance on the registration process can be found here.


Sharon Yamen

Sharon Yamen holds a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and is accredited by the U.S. Veteran’s Administration, assisting veterans in receiving their benefits. She holds her own practice assisting small businesses and start-ups. With ten years of teaching experience, she recently joined the Division of Justice and Law Administration, Ancell School of Business, Western Connecticut State University. She has taught at the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University and the Zicklin School of Business, City University of New York. Sharon's research interests are varied and have led to articles on topics including the “American Rule,” discrepancies in the law in regards to customs and borders protection, landlord/tenant law, and equity crowdfunding as a bubble that will burst.

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