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Briefcase features informative discussions on various legal topics affecting the general public. Guests include Leonard Baynes, The Dean of the University of Houston Law Center, along with UH Law Center Faculty and various legal experts.

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Bill of Rights: The Seventeenth Amendment

The power for voters to elect Senators directly.

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Bill of Rights: The Sixteenth Amendment

Gives Congress the power to tax income from individuals and corporations.

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Bill of Rights: Progressive Era Amendments

One of the most active eras for social reform.

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Bill of Rights: The Fifteenth Amendment

The last of the three Reconstruction Amendments.

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Bill of Rights: The Fourteenth Amendment

Provides three important constitutional rights.

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The Bill of Rights: The Thirteenth Amendment

The means to abolish slavery and involuntary servitude.

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The Bill of Rights: The Civil War Amendments

Introduction to the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments


The Bill of Rights: The Twelfth Amendment

It changed how Presidents and Vice Presidents were selected.

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The Bill of Rights: The Eleventh Amendment

Citizens from one state cannot bring lawsuit against another state.

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The Bill of Rights: The Tenth Amendment

Amendment was designed to limit the federal government's powers.

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The Bill of Rights: The Ninth Amendment

Provides that people retain other rights.

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The Bill of Rights: The Eighth Amendment

What is cruel and unusual punishment?

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The Bill of Rights: The Seventh Amendment

The right to a jury trial.

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The Bill of Rights: The Sixth Amendment

Providing your right to legal representation.

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The Bill of Rights: The Fifth Amendment

In real life, the Amendment is even more expansive than its portrayal on film.

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The Bill of Rights: The Fourth Amendment

Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.


The Bill of Rights: The Third Amendment

It fortified the sentiment valuing personal rights.

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