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Sources of Law I’ll take it all the way to the Supreme Court!” ~ any number of misguided zealots who don’t understand certiorari.

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1 Sources of Law I’ll take it all the way to the Supreme Court!” ~ any number of misguided zealots who don’t understand certiorari

2 Eminem’s Judge

3 The U.S. Supreme Court

4 Purposes of Law regulates behavior settles disputes protects individual rights (from govt action)

5 Main Sources of Law Constitutional Law Statutory Law Administrative Law Common Law Court Opinions – “Judge-made law” Precedents vs. precedence

6 Dual Courts System STATEFEDERAL U.S. Supreme Courtsupreme Ark. Court of Appeals Arkansas Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal appeals Circuit courtDistrict courttrial

7 U.S. Court of Appeals Circuits

8 Terms of Art Crime Tort Plaintiff Defendant Petitioner (also appellant) Respondent (also appellee) Cause of action (also complaint or claim) Opinion Binding law, precedent Certiorari

9 Arguing in the Alternative "Say you sue me because you say my dog bit you," he once explained. "Well, this is my defense: My dog doesn't bite. And second, in the alternative, my dog was tied up that night. Third, I don't believe you really got bit. And fourth, I don't have a dog."


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