Spring 2014
5378 Statutory Interpretation and Regulation - Bruhl- 23219

Professor(s): Aaron Bruhl (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  TThLocation: BLB-240 

Course Outline: This course introduces students to the role of statutes and administrative regulation in the practice of law today. The course covers, as its primary subject, the interpretation of statutes and regulations. This element includes the close reading of one or more complex statutes. The course also covers, as a second element, basic aspects of administrative law: in particular, how agencies implement and enforce statutes and regulations. The course may also include other elements, such as legislative process or regulatory policy.

Course Syllabus: Please see this course’s page on TWEN for the current version of the syllabus.

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First Day Assignments: Welcome to Statutory Interpretation and Regulation! For the first day of class, please do the following:
1. Read the preface to the textbook.
2. On the first day, we will spend part of our time discussing the following question: Suppose that Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling this year, imperiling the federal government’s ability to pay its obligations. May the President order the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a $1 trillion platinum coin to pay the government’s bills? To inform the discussion, you should briefly skim 31 U.S.C. sec. 5112 (it’s long, which is why you should only skim), paying particular attention to sec. 5112(k).

For the second day of class, please read casebook pp. 1-15, 48-57. Also read this item:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-rise-of-the-fourth-branch-of-government/2013/05/24/c7faaad0-c2ed-11e2-9fe2-6ee52d0eb7c1_story.html

Final Exam Schedule: 05/08 9am-Noon  209 BLB  213 BLB  

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No