543.01 State Constitutional Law and Localism

This seminar discusses issues concerning state constitutional law and localism. The readings for the course will be classic written works on the topic as well as new contributions by contemporary scholars. The course will focus on the doctrinal and theoretical issues surrounding state constitutional law and localism. Among the topics in the seminar: the interpretation of state constitutions; state constitutions as the source of both negative and positive rights; the "new preemption" of local government; the role of mayors and municipal government is setting public policy, political polarization and localism, and related topics. Class will meet every other week. Evaluation will be based on class participation and short reflection papers distributed prior to class. Students can take the class for one or two credits. The two credit option will require a substantial paper.

Special Notes:


Spring 2022

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Reflective Writing
Class participation
Darrell A. H. Miller
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-543-01-Sp22
Email list: LAW-543-01-Sp22@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Areas of Practice