The Courts, the States, and Constitutional Liberty


The American system comprises multiple systems of constitutional and statutory law. This conference considered the important relationship of the US Supreme Court to state supreme courts, and examined texts that illustrate the complex nature of the relationship of national to state constitutional regimes, courts, and legislatures.


Conference Readings

Cooper v. Aaron, Opinion, 358 U.S. 1  (U. S. Supreme Court 1958).

People v. Anderson, Opinion, 493 P.2d 880  (California Supreme Court 1972).

State of Florida v. Sarmiento, Opinion, 397 So. 2d  (Florida Supreme Court 1981).

“Proposition 17, Amendment to the California Constitution.” Wikipedia. (access date January 24, 2011).

“Florida House Joint Resolution No. 31-H (1982).” Florida State University Law School. (January 24, 2011).

“The Defense of Marriage Act of 1996.” U. S. Government Printing Office. http://frwebgate.access.gpo (access date January 25, 2011).

Michigan v. Long, Opinion, 463 U. S. 1032  (U. S. Supreme Court 1984).

“The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.” U. S. Congress. (access date January 25, 2011).

Brennan, William J. “State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights.” Harvard Law Review 90 (1977): 489-504.

Curtis, Michael Kent. No State Shall Abridge. Durham: Duke University Press, 1986.

Greve, Michael. “Bad Business: A review of the Supreme Court's Term [No. 1, July 2009] .” American Enterprise Institute. (January 25, 2011).

Hyde, Henry. “The Hyde Amendment.” National Right to Life. (January 11, 2011).

Keynes, Edward. The Court v. Congress. Durham: Duke University Press, 1989.

Kmiec, Keenan. “Origin and Current Meanings of Judicial Activism.” California Law Review 1441 (2004): 1463-1476.

Kurland, Philip B. Politics, the Constitution, and the Warren Court. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1970.

Maltz, Earl. “The Dark Side of State Court Activism.” Texas Law Review 63 (March/April  1985): 995-1023.

Mayer, David N. Liberty of Contract: Rediscovering a Lost Constitutional Right. Washington, D. C.: CATO Institute, 2011.

Miller, Kenneth P. Direct Democracy and the Courts. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Pilon, Roger. “Lawless Judging: Refocusing the Issue for Conservatives.” The Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy II, no. 5 (2001): 5-22.

Rosen, Jeffry. “Supreme Court, Inc.” New York Times (March 16, 2008): 2.

U.S. Congress. “Equal Access Act of 1984.” Cornell University. (October 1, 2010).