Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Law School Course On Presidential Impeachment

Gregory S. Crespi (SMU), Developing a Law School Course on Presidential Impeachment, 72 SMU L. Rev. F. 41 (2019):

This short essay discusses my motivation for and the process that I went through over the past two years developing a law school course on presidential impeachment and related topics. I recommend that those law school faculty members who may have only a modest constitutional law background, but who feel as I do that more sustained discussion of the questions that would be presented by an attempt to remove President Trump from office through impeachment is called for, consider also developing and offering such a course.

I found that through reading a few accessible books and supervising a handful of student individual research papers, one can fairly quickly develop sufficient command of the material to offer a valuable elective course on presidential impeachment and other non-electoral presidential removal procedures. But the proper scope of coverage of such a class in the current environment is a rapidly moving target, and the course that I will teach this fall semester will have to be substantially restructured from my prior spring semester offering to reflect the damning findings of the Mueller Report, the Trump Administration’s mischaracterization of that Report and subsequent stonewalling response to congressional oversight and testimony requests, the damning whistleblower complaint and revealed Administration cover-up efforts and subsequent near-universal embrace of impeachment by House Democrats, and the implications of the continued and ever more fervent and cult-like partisan embrace of President Trump by Senate Republicans even after the Mueller Report and the whistleblower complaint.

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Just more “#resist” childishness.

Posted by: Anon | Oct 9, 2019 5:05:02 AM

Why is this course "childish?" I do not understand. Shouldn't law schools offer their students elective courses in legal areas of strong public concern? Even if such a course is not likely to lead to a job in the area, isn't such knowledge helpful for students for later exercising their citizenship rights and duties? I would agree that this course should not be required, but it really should be offered as an elective option by any purportedly full-line law school. I am surprised (and disappointed) how few law schools are now offering this course. My 30 students LOVE this class, and find it to be extremely timely and relevant to their education!

Posted by: Greg Crespi | Oct 9, 2019 11:36:14 AM

(1) This has nothing to do with taxes.
(2) The Left and this professor are unhinged.
(3) This is political indoctrination of students.
(4) This is mislabeled "impeachment" whereas it is really about a "coup," undermining the will of voters.
(5) Is this what passes for scholarly legal research these days? Considering that to be the case, this expresses my concern for legal education: "I weep for the future."

His opening paragraph tips off that this about partisan politics and recruitment rather than legal lessons.

Waiting patiently for the opportunity to remove President Trump from office in the 2020 elections is, to me, highly irresponsible and may well lead to disaster, particularly if he is somehow reelected.

Posted by: Woody | Oct 9, 2019 1:59:59 PM