Professor Peter Woll

Brandeis University

Politics 115a

Fall 2004

Final Examination
Friday Dec. 17, 1:30-4:30pm

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Supreme Court Opinions 1893+

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Constitutional Law Case Notes

Topics to review for the final examination:

1.The Commerce Clause

Review Commerce Clause jurisprudence beginning with Gibbons v. Ogden and ending with United States v. Morrison (2000), at text p. 937.

To what extent does Commerce Clause jurisprudence take into account the question of whether or not the regulated activity has a substantial effect on interstate commerce?

Cases to Review

Gibbons v. Ogden 841

Notes on Gibbons and the Court's Articulation of Commerce Clause Limits on National Power 844

United States v.E.C.Knight 848

Champion v. Ames 849

Hammer v. Dagenhart (The Child Labor Case) 851

Notes on The Child Labor Case and the Court's Narrow View of the Commerce Clause 853

Note on the New Deal's Early Difficulties Meeting Commerce Clause Scrutiny, 1934-36 854

National Labor Relations Board v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. 857

United States v. Darby 858

Wickard v.Filburn 861

Notes on Civil Rights and Federalism 862

Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States 863

Katzenbach v. McClung 865

Notes on the New Deal/Warren Court Dilution of Commerce Clause Limiting Doctrines 866

United States v. Lopez 869

Notes on Lopez and the Commerce Clause's New Teeth 880

Problem 7-2: The Reach of Commerce Clause Power After Lopez 882

United States v. Morrison, 937

2. The Separation of Powers

Explain how the Court's interpretation of the separation of powers enhances or constrains Congress, the President, and the Judiciary. How do the following cases define separation of powers jurisprudence?

Cases to Review

Allen v. Wright (1984),

Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife (1992)

The Steel Seizure Cases (1952)

United States v. Nixon (1974)

Mistretta v. United States (1989)

INS v. Chadha (1983)

Morrison v. Olson (1988)

Commodities Futures Trading Commission v. Schor (1986)

3. The Constitution and Race

Cases to Review

Korematsu v. United States (1944)

Loving v. Virginia 182

Notes on Loving and Government Actions Classifying by Race. 185

Problem 3-1: Racial Classifications in Law Enforcement andAdoption 189

B. Facially Neutral Classifications (Discriminatory Intent

and Effect) 190

Yick Wo v. Hopkins 190

Notes on Yick Wo and Discriminatory Intent. 192

Washington v. Davis 196

Shelley v. Kraemer 219

Notes on Shelley 22l

Moose Lodge No. l07 v. lrvis 225

Notes on Moose Lodge 228

Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Co. 232

The Boundaries of Constitutionally Permissible Affirmative Action


Regents of the University of California v. Bakke. 241

Fullilove v.Klutznick : 244

City of Richmond v. JA. Croson Co. 256

Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Pena 264