The Fourteenth Amendment was enacted following the Civil War to extend full constitutional rights to all American men, regardless of ethnicity. Following the suffrage movement, the Fourteenth Amendment was construed to extend full constitutional rights to all American citizens, regardless of gender. Two of the clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, specifically, the Equal Protection clause and the Due Process clause, form the basis for many of the steps towards equality that have been taken in the last century in America.
In this course, we will explore the many applications over time of the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. We will discuss the history of rulings enunciating “Substantive Due Process,” and guide the practitioner to cases showing how “Substantive Due Process” has fallen out of vogue in current jurisprudence. We will review the many applications of Equal Protection and Due Process in modern society, and provide practitioners with guidance for asserting Equal Protection and Due Process violations in §1983 actions.
This course, presented by Samuel B. Cohen, noted New York §1983 practitioner, will provide practitioners with an increased understanding of some of the more difficult rights to articulate in §1983 practice.
Samuel B. Cohen is an attorney and counselor at law, admitted to practice in the State Courts of New York, the Federal Southern and Eastern District Courts for New York, and the Federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts in the Social Sciences from Hampshire College.
Samuel began his legal career as a litigation paralegal at the law firm Jaffe & Asher LLP, and served as the legal affairs director for the New York Dance Parade during law school, where he conducted independent studies in intellectual property issues, and received an award for research work in mixed for-profit/non-profit entities. Hired first as a clerk and then as an associate by prominent New York attorney Wylie M. Stecklow, Samuel discovered an aptitude and passion for civil rights litigation, and quickly rose to prominence among the civil rights bar.
Samuel lives with his wife, their devoted Boston Terrier “The Frances,” and two black cats, “Biggie” and “Puck.” He is an avid traveler and reader who enjoys finding interesting street art and exploring new places.
Sam Cohen provided an excellent overview of the 14th Amendment and especially incorporation by the states. I really liked having the transcript of the discussion available during the video.
Cohen is best lawline presenter
Highly recommend this course—easily the best lawline course I’ve taken. Excellent presentation.
It might be ironic for a self-described textualist judge to find a right to self-defense in the Second Amendment but not so ironic for an originalist judge.
Didn't realize this was the companion to the First Amendment one. Excellent. Everyone should take both courses.
Excellent review & updates
Superb presenter of 14th Amendment issues and cases!
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