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Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University

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Lackland H. Bloom, Jr

Lackland H. Bloom, Jr. tests Justice Holmes' famous aphorism "Great cases like hard cases make bad law"
In Do Great Cases Make Bad Law?, Lackland H. Bloom, Jr. tests Justice Holmes' dictum by analyzing in detail the history of the Supreme Court's great cases, from Marbury v. Madison in 1803, to National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act case, in 2012. He treats each case with its own chapter, and explains why the Court found a case compelling, how the background and historical context affected the decision and its place in constitutional law and history, how academic scholarship has treated the case, and how the case integrates with and reflects off of Justice Holmes' famous statement.
Lackland H. Bloom, Jr. is a Professor of Law at the Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, where he has taught constitutional law for over thirty years. Professor Bloom previously served as Law Clerk to Chief Judge John R. Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced law in Washington D.C. for four years before joining the law faculty at Southern Methodist University.


LACKLAND H. BLOOM, JR., (Professor), born September 17, 1948.Education: Southern Methodist University (B.A., 1970); University of Michigan (J.D., 1973).Email:

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As government employees, teachers can't advocate for or against religion or a particular faith in school, but they can discuss the topic as part of the class curriculum, said Lackland Bloom Jr., a professor and constitutional law expert at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law.

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"It's a hard case," said Lackland Bloom Jr., a professor and constitutional law specialist at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Since the New Deal, the Supreme Court has generally given Congress broad power to regulate interstate commerce, said Bloom, the SMU law professor.
An exception came in 1995, when the court struck down a law that made it a federal crime to bring a gun into a school zone. Congress justified the law under the Commerce Clause, saying costs associated with gun violence eventually affected the national insurance market, but the court disagreed, Bloom said.
The court used similar reasoning in 2000 in striking down a provision of the Violence Against Women Act that made sexual assault a federal civil offense, he said.
The ruling was partly based on the idea that if the government has a pervasive regulatory program, such as the Controlled Substances Act, it can regulate beyond the scope of the Commerce Clause to protect that program, Bloom said.
Many legal scholars, including Bloom, say even if the mandate is struck down, the court is unlikely to invalidate the entire health care law.

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