D13. Removing a President by Impeachment: The Ultimate but Elusive Check on Presidential Power (Repeat)

  • 03/25/2020
  • 04/22/2020
  • 5 sessions
  • 03/25/2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • 04/01/2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • 04/08/2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • 04/15/2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • 04/22/2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • AC - Kennedy Building Rm. 119
  • 41



This course will explore the constitutional framework, theory, procedure, and history of the authority of Congress to remove a sitting president by impeachment. Topics will include: the intent of the Founding Fathers in adding the impeachment mechanism to the Constitution; impeachment and separation of powers; the constitutional standard for impeachment; the responsibilities of the House and the Senate; the procedures governing impeachment inquiries, articles of impeachment, and trials; historical case studies of impeachment; and the prospects of an impeachment of President Trump.

INSTRUCTOR: John S. Ross, III, (Jack) holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law and served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University. He has taught a variety of courses in the WISE program focusing on constitutional law and the Supreme Court.

REQUIRED BOOK: Impeachment: What Everyone Needs to Know, Michael J. Gerhardt, Oxford Univ Press, 2018. ISBN# 9780190903657.

OPTIONAL BOOK: Impeachment: The Case Against Donald Trump. Neal Katyal. Houghton Mifflin, to be released in November 2019.

Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609

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