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UB Law will offer free, online Supreme Court course

 Lyle Denniston, left, holds court with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., right, while Supreme Court staff and press corps members look on in 2005. (Supreme Court photo)

Lyle Denniston, left, holds court with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., right, while Supreme Court staff and press corps members look on in 2005. (Supreme Court photo)

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! The University of Baltimore School of Law and online course provider edX will team up this fall to provide a free, weekly, open-to-the-public survey class on “The Supreme Court and American Politics,” the school announced this month.

Journalist Lyle Denniston, who covered the Supreme Court for more than a half-century, will host the eight-week online course, which will include guest lecturers from the law school. The course begins Sept. 30 and will include assigned readings and discuss court-related topics, including whether the justices are truly divorced from the politics of the executive and legislative branches, the university said.

The course is “ideal for anyone with more than a passing interest in the court,” according to the university.

Guest lecturers will include law professors Gilda Daniels, a former deputy chief at the U.S. Justice Department; Garrett Epps, who covers the Supreme Court for The Atlantic; and Ron Weich, the school’s dean and former U.S. assistant attorney general and counsel to U.S. Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

Denniston is also a professor  — the Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Academic Transformation in the University of Baltimore’s Bank of America Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology.

For more information on the course, contact the law school at 410-837-4200.

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