Winter Intersession or Spring 2014 Initial Class Assignment for:

Recent Supreme Court Cases Seminar

Instructor: Birnberg

First class date: 01/16/2014

Posting date: Dec 12, 2013 @ 16:13:52


First Class Assignment

January 16

1)	Please read any law review article or comment and write a 
synopsis of it consisting of no more than 150 words, describing what 
the article or comment was about and its primary thesis. The 
following example demonstrates the style required for this 

Travis Dunlap, Comment, We've Got Our Eyes on You: When Surveillance 
by Unmanned Aircraft Systems Constitutes A Fourth Amendment Search, 
51 S. Tex. L. Rev. 173 (2009).

This comment is about Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or “drones,” 
like those commonly employed by the United States military, and 
their utilization for local law enforcement purposes. It deals with 
the implications of that use on privacy rights, particularly those 
guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. The comment discusses the 
history of UAS usage and current Fourth Amendment jurisprudence as 
it relates to illegal search and seizure issues in the realm 
of “aerial surveillance.” It expresses some real concerns about 
balancing legitimate law enforcement interests against traditional 
notions of rights to privacy, and outlines how the courts have been, 
and will continue to be, increasingly involved in establishing 
limits on the use of this new technology in the context of the 
threat it poses to individual rights.

2)	Locate any one website on the Internet which provides good 
information about and analysis of cases pending before the Supreme 
Court of the United States this Term and send a link to that site.

	Both of these items should be transmitted via e-mail to no later than 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 
2014. The Subject line should read “Recent Supreme Court Cases – 
Assignment 1.”

Prof. Birnberg

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