American Government Seminar #5

Democrats Abroad France and Parsons Paris present the fifth in a series of six seminars on American Government


This fifth of six stand-alone seminar courses will focus on the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government as laid out in Article III of the Constitution. We will focus on the three levels of federal (and state) courts and how and why a case travels from one level to the next. We will also examine the process of Supreme Court oral arguments and cases, and the import of their outcomes for the nation as a whole. The rights of the accused as outlined in the Constitution, and how those rights have been interpreted over time, will also be a focus. Additional topics may include: differences between civil and criminal laws, courts and cases; The Supremacy Clause; The Basic Principles of the American Criminal Justice System; Administrative Law and Constitutional Law.

Participation and questions will be strongly encouraged.

This seminar will NOT be a political discussion about our current federal courts or the current U.S. Supreme Court. Rather, this seminar (and the entire seminar series) is meant to be a thought-provoking refresher course for those who live abroad but vote in U. S. elections. It will also provide a good introduction for American voters of all ages who, having lived abroad for all or most of their lives, have never taken an American Government or Civics course.

*PLEASE NOTE: The seminars will be filmed. You will be asked to sign a waiver to allow your image and voice to be recorded in order to attend each of the seminars. Seminars are filmed to ensure that those who live outside of Paris or who cannot attend, have the opportunity to view the seminars as well.

Each seminar will be led by Amy Below, a 16-year veteran American Government Teacher in the California Public Schools and DAF Member-at-Large.

Due to space considerations, participation is limited to approximately 45 people per seminar session. Others will be placed on a waiting list. If you RSVP but find that you need to cancel, please do so as soon as you know you will not be able to attend by contacting

June 13, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Parsons Paris
45 rue Saint-Roch
Paris 75001
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Laura Fortin Marjorie Bernstein Robin Smith Arnie Egel Annie-France Cheriki Anne Fleming Natalie Kettner Eric Sadoux Dijana Vrban Katherine Hyman Mark Levinson Jayne De Sesa Pamela Spurdon Isabelle Mayoroum Veronica Pollard Carroll Dorgan Fred Hoffman nancy sadowsky Diana Smith Ann and Douglas Kennedy and Thomason Pamela Combastet Tia Kummerfeld Roo Bookaroo TImothy Olsen Felix Briaud Michelle O'Brien Susan Svoboda Rachel Bourgeois Emily Paulsrud Linda Quinet Joseph Langley Lindsey Hansen Rebecca Pauly

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