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

Fall - September 24–December 4, 2022
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)

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SUPR0104 | Call Number: 17558

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Sharon Yamen

Sharon Yamen has been teaching for over 10 years at various institutions and now is an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University in the Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Homeland Security. She earned her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. She is accredited by the U.S. Veterans Administration, assisting veterans in receiving their benefits. She holds her own practice assisting small businesses and start-ups and represents expedition athletes in contract negotiations. Professor Yamens’ research interests are vast and varied and have led to articles on the topics “American Rule,” discrepancies in the law regarding customs and borders protection, the duty to rescue, landlord/tenant law, and equity crowdfunding as a bubble that will burst.

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