This course will explore what it means to be diverse in America. While Americans are a people of wide-ranging races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation and levels of wealth, this diversity presents challenges. Our nation pledges itself to fairness and equality and yet, at times people feel mistreated by their government, not because of what they have done, but because of who they are. When disputes arise over such characteristics, the court system provides a venue for the resolution of the conflict. We will explore how our laws foster civil rights and equality and what it means under the law to be fair and just and treated equally-examining strengths and limitations.