Acadia Senior College

Course offerings

Topics in Constitutional and Public Law

Richard S. Cohen, Nathaniel Fenton

Online via Zoom
The course will cover such topics as free speech on campus, free speech on the internet, capital punishment, racial bias in jury selection, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, Sovereignty of the Native American nations, jurisdiction of the World Court and International Criminal Court over American citizens, the Ninth Amendment, Admiralty, and the Supreme Court's five worst decisions. Topics may change as political events suggest.
About the instructors

Richard Cohen is a New Jersey native. He graduated cum laude from the School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University, and cum laude from the Yale Law School. After twelve years of law practice, he was a trial judge of the New Jersey Superior Court for ten years and a judge of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court for eleven years. After retiring from the bench, he conducted an arbitration and mediation practice, and served as special master for various courts. He has summered on MDI since 1977, and retired here in 2017. He has taught four ASC courses on constitutional law, its historical development, and the effects of Supreme Court decisions.

Nat Fenton began his education in Bar Harbor, followed by prep school at St. Mark’s School, college at Bowdoin, and law school at Cornell University.  Nat has taught courses on Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, the America's Cup, and most recently on Civil Rights.

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