The Bill of Rights: Its Origins and Evolution


Course #: 19F03 

Course Fee: $35 ($5 early bird discount if registered by Aug. 28)

Dates: Wednesdays – 11 September through 2 October 2019; 

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Location: County Board room, Courthouse, 300 Taconite Street, Hurley, Wisconsin


Objectives: The student will learn the origins and history of the first ten amendments to the U.S.

Constitution and their guaranties of due process and equal protection of the law according with

Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.


Course Structure:

Session I – Historical origins of the Bill of Rights through their adoption in

1791; the First Amendment’s five freedoms.

Session II – Second Amendment: Right to bear arms. Third and Fourth Amendments:

Citizens’ rights to ownership and use of their property without government intrusion.

         Session III – Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendments: Protections offered to people

accused of committing crimes and right to a trial by jury.

         Session IV – Ninth and Tenth Amendments: The constitutional safety nets of

fundamental rights not otherwise listed and the limitation of federal power. Thirteenth,

Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments: Abolition of slavery, due process and equal protection of

the law and prohibition of the use of race in determining who can vote.


Instructor:  Sam Filippo has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from St. Norbert

College and a J.D. degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Law. He has practiced

law for forty years specializing in criminal law as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He is also a

retired colonel in the United States Army. He and his wife Suzie share time between their cabins

in Saxon and on Tomahawk Lake in Minocqua, Wisconsin.