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Civics 101

Gerard Magliocca

Gerard N. Magliocca is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Professor Magliocca is the author of three books and over twenty articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, his law degree from Yale, and joined the faculty after two years as an attorney at Covington and Burling and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Professor Magliocca has received the Best New Professor Award and the Black Cane (Most Outstanding Professor) from the student body, and in 2008 held the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, The Netherlands. He was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2013.

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5 Responses

  1. Logan says:

    1) The document that govern’s the basic structure of our government.

    2) Voting.

    How wrong am I?

  2. Ken Rhodes says:

    I love that second question.

    To the NRA, it’s the right to bear arms.

    To criminals, it’s the right to remain silent.

    To giant multi-national corporations, as well as the Westboro Baptist Church, it’s the right to free speech.

    To Bob Guccione, it’s the right to a free press.

    To O.J. it’s the right to trial by jury.

  3. Jim Maloney says:

    My cynical responses:

    1. An ancient document that is nearly impossible to amend and that means not what it says but what five justices of the Supreme Court say it means.

    2. The right to maintain dual citizenship.

  4. Jim Maloney says:

    Alternative response to #2:

    “Objection: rights are not ‘granted.’”

  5. TJ says:

    So I’m pretty sure the government-approved answer to (2) is voting, which is at least mildly problematic because not every US citizen has the right to vote. If we follow Slaughterhouse, I guess the only rights secured to US citizens are to “demand the care and protection of the Federal government over his life, liberty, and property when on the high seas or within the jurisdiction of a foreign government,” “to use the navigable waters of the United States” and other “rights secured to our citizens by treaties with foreign nations,” to the extent any of that final category are unique to US citizens. Not sure which ones of those rights can be deemed “the most important.”

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