R704 Fall 2018 The Supreme Court: Current Cases
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Oct. 17–Nov. 7
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
Instructor: Ben Gold
This is a discussion class addressing cases the Supreme Court will hear, or has heard, during its 2018–19 term. Cases this term will include the president’s executive order banning immigrants from six predominately Muslim countries; whether the sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act that govern aliens’ removal from the United States are unconstitutionally vague; various redistricting plans and partisan gerrymandering; and other cases of current import. We will use instructor-provided material consisting of the background of the cases, lower-court decisions, and edited briefs filed with the Supreme Court, including audio of oral arguments for selected cases. Materials will only be available online. Our discussion of each case will look at both sides of every argument, the likely position of each justice, and the social and political context of the case.
Ben Gold, an OLLI member, has a BA in political science from Stanford University and earned an MS in computer science as a naval officer. He has served as a docent at the Supreme Court for the past 15 years and is a frequent lecturer aboard cruise ships.