Donald M. Gooch Web

DONALD M. GOOCH
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Stephen F. Austin State University

Donald M. Gooch Web

A Resource for PSC 403 students & a source of biographical, professional, and related information for all interested parties

PSC 403 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW





CLASSROOM & TIME -

8:00 am - 9:15 am
TR

T. E. Ferguson Liberal Arts 374

OFFICE HOURS: T,TH: 1-3pm W: 10am-12am; 1-5pm





IMPORTANT NOTICES!!!!!!!


I'm Professor Gooch, your instructor for Constitutional Law, POLS 4043. I hope you will find this class to be a rewarding experience as we work through the principles, practice, and legal doctrines of Constitutional Law. This class is an excellent prep for aspiring lawyers as well as judicial scholars. I want you to feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns you have about the class 24/7. In order to do well in this class you MUST do the readings before class. Your grade is HIGHLY dependent upon your understanding of the cases and legal issues we will consider and your ability to articulate that understanding in our class discussions. You should spend at least 3 HOURS on the readings outside of class for every 1 HOUR of \ classtime. Good Luck!



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IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Constitutional Law: SYLLABUS
GOOCH Writing Advice



ASSIGNMENT & DOCUMENTS FOR LEGAL BRIEF
CL: LEGAL BRIEF ASSIGNMENT
CL: SEARCH WARRANT
CL: Sellers Letter for Medical Marijuana Use
CL: ABA - State & Municipal Laws



LECTURES
Constitutional Law Introductory Lecture
Judiciary & Judicial Process
Courts: Limits & Interpretation



ORIGINAL LEGAL SOURCES & MATERIALS
Hamden v. Rumsfeld (complete USSC case)
Brookings: Presidential War Powers Panel (transcript)



IMPORTANT GENERAL POLITICS LINKS:
Texas State Constitution
United States Constitution
Texas State Government Homepage
United States Government Webportal
The Gallup Poll
Real Clear Politics
Judiciary & Judicial Process


IMPORTANT CONSTITUTIONAL LAW LINKS:
APPELLATE BREIF LINKS
A Step-by-Step Guide to Appellate Brief Writing
How to Write a Good Appelate Briefs
ABA: Effective Appellate Brief Writing
The Seven Virtures of Appellate Brief Writing
Appellate Brief Writing: Summary & Conclusion
Sample Appellate Brief from Florida
Advice on Writing Appellate Briefs
The 10 Commandments of Writing Appellate Briefs

How to Brief a Case
Writing a Case Brief
Introduction to Constitutional Law
The Annotated U.S. Constitution w/ Analysis
The Convention of 1787
Constitutional Law Overview
Find Law (site to find full text cases, briefs, justice biographies, etc.)
Exploring Constitutional Law
The Justiciability Doctrine
Planned Parenthood v. Casey



FUN LINKS:
Homestar Runner (Check out Strong Bad E-Mails. High-larious!)

PICTURES