Program Details

Objection! Current, Contentious and Confusing Legal Battles

Irving Labovitz
Law / Current Events
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Popular television shows and films​ about the law have made the legal profession seem exciting and glamorous. Discover how real law can be even more stimulating than its dramatic facsimile.  As always, this series focuses on selected current, highly publicized, volatile and contentious legal issues presented in important select cases pending before, or just decided by, federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

A host of equally vexing new Constitutional issues now await the Supreme Court, including reconciliation of conflicting decisions by lower appellate courts. This program seeks to anticipate newly emerging important and contentious developing legal issues and prepare the audience to better understand the often-disparate and confusing legal positions of all opposing parties.

Last term our lectures and interactive colloquy centered on profound issues affecting all OLLI students and their families, including the extent of any potential liability of implicated Executive Branch officials to: impeachment, obstruction of justice, and possible unlawful conspiracies with foreign agents to influence U.S. elections. If that were not enough, our most recent past semesters also included discourse on possible Unconstitutional Executive or Legislative Branch conduct as to: DACA, the Emoluments Clause, gerrymandering, interference with voting rights, and problematic Executive Branch orders, including travel bans. Finally, re-occurring Constitutional and legal confrontations in the context of abortion, church v. state, Second Amendment gun control, transgender and same sex confrontations (including requiring a bakery to produce a same-sex wedding cake), as well as the legality of ’Sanctuary Cities;” all permitted active, enervating, and useful learning. Our forthcoming semesters will likely evoke both 'more of the same," as well as equally stimulating and informative new legal and Constitutional dialogues.

Immediately prior to the first lecture, enrollees are invited to attend a pre-lecture primer in the Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium on the FAU Boca Campus at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, outlining the structure of federal and state appellate court processes. Returning participants are also always welcome to attend.

About the Instructor

  • Irving Labovitz, JD, 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 is 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.

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