Instructor(s) Monette, Richard
The course will provide a survey constitutionalism in general, of the history of the Wisconsin Constitution, case law interpreting it, and how the various institutions of government and Wisconsin society apply it. The course will focus on certain provisions and developments unique or peculiar to the our State constitution, including legislative commissions playing a role in executing laws even after enactment, the idea of the ‘constitutional office’, the ever-looming ‘partial-veto’, the lengthy article on the non-governmental social issue du jour – gaming, the Public Trust Doctrine, Wisconsin’s role in resurrecting a meaningful State Bills of Rights, and the amendment process. Readings will include the seminal book by Professor Dinan and Wisconsin court opinions. Several guest speakers will present on their respective areas of government practice or expertise.