The Resurgent Role of Legal History

in Modern Judicial Decisionmaking

Unit 7

Required Reading

Optional Reading

Class Objectives

 

Article I Qualification Clauses

U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, 514 U.S. 779 (1995)

 

 

Virginia Plan for 1787 Constitution (Term Limit option)

Jefferson on “Rotation of Members”

George Mason on “Periodic Rotation”

“it is not easy for a person to do any great harm when his tenure of office is short”

5 Aristotle, Politica, part VIII, 5.8, at 210 (350 B.C.)

 

History of legislative term limits

Critically examine historical sources in majority and dissenting opinions

Listen to oral arguments in U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton

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