Colorado Legal History & Practice | L47xx

Injustice turned towards justice a step at a time marks the progress of the rule of law. The homeland of Native Americans and Hispano immigrants, Colorado Territory came into being by an act of the Union Congress in February of 1861 at the outset of the Civil War. The transcending legal issue confronting the United States was whether the newly added western territories should be slave or free. Led by former Justice Greg Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court, class participants will study the evolution of Colorado’s remarkable legal history focusing on federal and state constitutional, statutory, and case law milestones in twelve subject matter areas: 1. Treaties and Congressional Acts Shaping Colorado; 2. Colorado’s Native American Heritage; 3. Colorado’s Hispanic Heritage; 4. Lands Opened for Settlement; 5. Courts Created; 6. Rights of Women Recognized; 7. Civil Rights Laws; 8. Business and Labor Laws; 9. Progressive Conservation Laws; 10. Water Rights System Established; 11. Public Education Fostered; 12 Health and Environment Protected. Distinguished historians, judges, legislators, and lawyers will help students discover how law is the product and instrument of individual and community rights and responsibilities.

(Spring Semester, Tuesday nights, ten weeks, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., 2 credits, open to J.D., Graduate Law, and Campus Wide DU Students, No prerequisites).

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)


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