Program Details

Objection! Current, Contentious and, Confusing Legal Battles

Instructor
Irving Labovitz
F381
Video Catch-up
Available

Course Description

TV shows and films about the law make the legal profession seem exciting and glamorous. Discover how real law can be even more stimulating than its dramatic facsimile. This series continues to focus on selected current, highly publicized, volatile, and contentious legal and Constitutional issues presented in important selected cases pending before, or just decided by, federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. In this context, the presenter anticipates that the participants shall continue important considerations of (i) post-January 6th emerging legal and Constitutional judicial trial court and appellate decisions in both local and national settings; (ii) developing legal and Constitutional conundrums involving former President Trump, as well as his appointees, associates, and even members of Congress in both Federal and State court environments resulting from the final report of the Congressional Select January 6th Committee and coextensive Department of Justice initiatives; (iii) expected emerging material conflicts amongst trial and appellate federal courts resulting from disparate judicial viewpoints by a plethora of recently appointed federal judges; and (iv) many more issues implicated by the apparent increasingly polarized views of our Supreme Court justices resulting from recent abortion, gun rights, voting, and election constraint decisions, among other critical Constitutional issues. Expect a volatile and peripatetic semester; assuredly not for the faint-hearted or those preferring a peaceful and benign intellectual respite.

Immediately prior to the first lecture, enrollees are invited to attend a pre-lecture primer at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12th, outlining the structure of federal and state appellate court processes. Returning participants are also always welcome to attend.

About the Instructor

  • Irving Labovitz, J.D., is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Washington, DC Bars and also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as multiple federal appellate and trial courts. He has authored many scholarly law review articles and has been a lecturer for the American Bar Association and Commercial Law League of America. He has been a military prosecutor, a member of the legal staff at the Federal Trade Commission, and engaged by the FDIC as contract counsel to provide legal assistance in liquidating failed banks. He has previously taught as an adjunct professor at Western New England College of Law, acted as co-chair of an urban law firm, and as general counsel for a large corporation. Since 2003, he remains an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University.