No area of the law arouses more controversy than state regulation of the family. This course examines the law of parent-child relations with a focus on constitutional concerns. What, constitutionally speaking, is a family? What is the source of parental authority? What rights do parents enjoy to direct the educational and religious upbringing of their children? What are the limits on such rights? Do children hold rights of their own? Should they? What is the scope of the state’s authority to protect children? We will look at how these questions (and many more) have been answered historically (with some surprising discoveries) as well as the current state of the law, and we will consider what future might await the evolving family. The shifting “settlement” of individual, family, and state interests will lead us to a rich universe of topics and to broader philosophical considerations (questions about the nature of individual and group rights, identity and assimilation, the proper boundaries of civic discourse, etc.)—and a host of questions that are intensely personal and problematic.