Montana Constitutional Law
Course Number: LAW 618
This seminar considers the history, development, and future of the Montana Constitution from a comparative perspective. Beginning with the forces that led to the Constitutional Convention of 1972, it surveys the structure of Montana state government and key provisions in the Declaration of Rights. It pays particular attention to distinctive provisions such as the right of privacy, the right to know, and the right to a clean and healthful environment. Throughout, the course considers the role of popular sovereignty in the interpretation of the constitution over time. In addition to seminar discussion, students present short moot courts, post an online research project, and produce a research paper or draft judicial opinion.