Wednesday, November 16, 2016

14 Ways to Interpret the Constitution

Well, it isn't exactly "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," but this Huffington Post piece does give a nice concise explanation of the breadth of Constitutional interpretation.  In my Legal Environment class, I think it is important for students to understand that there is no one, single, right way to interpret the Constitution (despite the statements in the judicial election ad below).  However, I don't have a lot of class time to devote to the details.  It is always a question of how many layers of the onion should be peeled back to explore a legal principle in a survey law course. This article gives the opportunity to expose students to the concept - Constitutional interpretation is broad, complex, nuanced and uncertain - without overburdening them with details and without taking up other valuable class time.

"Commitment to properly interpreting the Constitution":

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