Whatever your political stripe, at one time or another you’ve either had opportunity to grouse about the law or lament when someone else didn’t fully abide by it. And for the next four to eight years (as in the last eight), fighting over what qualifies as constitutional will continue, including the great importance of the 10th Amendment and, to our way of thinking, the 14th Amendment, which supporters of the 10th are a little too quick to dismiss and belittle.
All of which is our way of saying that, every once in a while, ordinary Americans benefit from opportunities to either brush up on the law or learn about certain types of law in more detail, particularly in ways that bolster our everyday lives, activities and obligations. Once a year Baylor Law School serves up a wonderful opportunity for us to do just that through its “People’s Law School.”
This terrific event — set from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Baylor Law School — offers a half-day curriculum designed to educate Americans about their rights and options in a way that is “user friendly.” For instance, at this year’s People’s Law School, one can find courses on family law, employment law, elder law, debt collection and the law, copyright law, tax law and veterans rights. And those are just for starters.
Interested in an update on the controversial Affordable Care Act? Put aside your support or deep reservations about this signature achievement of the Obama administration and learn more about what’s happening to the law since Republicans took control of the White House and in what form the law might well survive. The discussion should be less about whether you agree or not with the law, more about finding out what health-care law actually means and what it might mean for you in the future.
Those of us who are trying to make sense of the legislative process will want to sign up for a survey on statutes, rules and administrative orders (and what the difference is between them). Another course offers a behind-the-scenes look at jury selection — something those of us who believe in the responsibilities of citizenship ought to consider, given jury trials were viewed by the Founding Fathers as one of the most important aspects of the Bill of Rights. Alas, too many of us today seek ways to cheat our nation of this citizen obligation.
Best thing about all this: The People’s Law School at Baylor is free. Your only obligation is registering ahead of time and picking up to three courses that you want to take. For more info on this event, please visit baylor.edu/law/pls. We’ll see you there.