The Resurgent Role of Legal History

in Modern Judicial Decisionmaking

Unit 13

Required Reading

Optional Reading

Class Objectives


Borough of Duryea, Pa. v. Guarnieri, 131 S. Ct. 2428 (2011) & hyperlinked historical sources

Petition of Right (1628) (Luminarium Encyclopedia)


Determine whether the historic understanding of a “petition” applies to citizen complaints filed in court, and if so, what kind of complaint.

Listen to oral arguments in Borough of Duryea, Pa. v. Guarnieri

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