This course will explore the scope of the federal executive power under Article II of the Constitution. Topics will include inherent versus express power of the president; the expansion of presidential power by Congress; the appointment and removal power including removal of independent counsel; executive privilege; presidential immunity to criminal and civil suits; the pardon power; powers related to foreign policy, national security, and war (including the war on terrorism); the use of executive orders; and impeachment and removal from office.
GROUP LEADER: John S. Ross, III holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University. He has taught a number of courses in the WISE program on constitutional law topics and the Supreme Court.
REQUIRED BOOK: The Limits of Presidential Power: A Citizen’s Guide to the Law, by Lisa Manheim and Kathryn Watts (2018). ISBN# 978-0999698815
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609