2-Gavel-LawIt’s definitely an Academy first: TWO Colorado State Appeals Court judges will debate and discuss some of the most pivotal U.S. Supreme Court decisions that shaped American society, in this spring’s Great Debates course. Veteran Academy course leader Judge Steve Bernard will spar with Judge John Daniel Dailey, as they argue the opposing sides of landmark cases:

  • Marbury v. Madison, which discussed the seminal concept of judicial review;
  • Miranda v. Arizona, which gave rise to the now-familiar Miranda warning;
  • New York Times v. Sullivan, which examined the balance of government and the media in a libel case;
  • Mapp v. Ohio, which applied the so-called “exclusionary rule” to suppress evidence seized by the police;
  • Dred Scott v. Sanford, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Brown v. Board of Education, which dealt with slavery and the rise and fall of the concept of “separate but equal;”
  • Romer v. Evans, a case that analyzed Colorado’s “Amendment 2,” which precluded government action designed to protect the status of persons based on their “homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships.”

Along with the specifics of each decision, the judges will examine the historical context in which it occurred and the effect it had on the evolution of the law and society as we know it today.

And you can get a ringside seat, if you hurry . . .