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MOCK TRIAL SUPREME COURT
THE GROUPS When I pull up a topic you are interested in move to the area of the room indicated on the Slide. Center(back) Groups that are interested in Government Authority Right Groups that are interested in Civil Liberties Left Groups that are interested in Freedom of Speech Cases
THE PROJECT In this Project we will be retrying Landmark Supreme Court Cases to decide if we agree with their Courts findings. This project is about the Constitution and Supreme Court. The Cases we will be hearing have important value in the way we interpret the Constitution.
THE PROJECT To complete this project each student will be given a position which they will then research and act out during the trial. You do NOT have to personally agree with the position you are given, but must act the part during the hearing. Once chosen you can not change positions. There is not enough time.
POSITIONS 3 Judges At LEAST 2 Lawyers (there might be 4) At LEAST 4 expert Witnesses 1 Clerk (note taker/videographer) Each position is Important and there are not BEST jobs. EVERYONE is required to have notes. These notes must be turned in as part of your grade.
JUDGES Manage the Hearing (call to session, dictate the proceedings, and manage Lawyers and Witnesses) You MUST understand the Constitutional ramifications of the topic being discussed. You MUST ask clarifying questions of Lawyers and may ask Witnesses to Clarify their testimony In the end you and your fellow Judges MUST decide how to rule. The majority will win. Include in your Ruling Specific Constitutional Justification You may also have a Dissenting Opinion, again based on the Constitution.
LAWYERS You are going to be researching specific Court Cases as well as the Constitution to make a case for your side. You will be in charge of working with your Expert Witnesses to prepare the best possible case for your side. You will also need to have a good understanding of the oppositions position to help you effectively argue against it.
EXPERT WITNESS Your task is to gather as much information about previous court cases, the Constitution, and any other valid information that will help you testify in support of your group. It would also be good to understand the oppositions position so that you are prepared for the lawyers of the opposition.
CLERK Your Task is to prepare a summary of each of the positions and then take notes from the proceedings. You will need to do some basic research on the positions as well as talk to the groups and put together a basic summary of how each side is going to argue its case and what evidence they will provide. This must be done ahead of the Court Hearing You will also be responsible for videoing the Hearings.
THE CASES Freedom of Speech Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)—Black Arm Bands to School Johnson v. Texas (1989)—Burning the Flag Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988)—Censorship of School Newspaper There are many other Cases. If your group would like to use another case you must Okay it with me first.
CASES Civil Liberties Miranda v. Arizona (1966)—Notified of your Rights New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985)—Searching Students purse Mapp v. Ohio (1961)—Warrants and search parameters There are many other Cases. If your group would like to use another case you must Okay it with me first.
CASES Government Authority Korematsu v. United States (1944)—Japanese Internment Regents of the U. of California v. Bakke (1978)—Affirmative Action United States v. Nixon (1974)—Executive Privilege NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ET AL. v. SEBELIUS, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (2012)—Individual Mandate There are many other Cases. If your group would like to use another case you must Okay it with me first.