2Philosophical Chairs Rules There will be no more than 9 participants per topic: 4 pro/4 con/1 position-takerAfter position-taker makes open statement, other participants get to respond. To respond, participants must first affirm the statements made by the previous speaker.Each topic gets no more than 5 minutes in the debate.
3Topic #1 The 1st Amendment Religion Clauses review: Review the difference between the establishment & free exercise clauses.Review Engel, Everson, Bunn, Marsh, Reynolds and other cases.DEBATE:No government body at ANY level should be allowed to open with a prayer. CHAIRS
4Topic #2 Search and Seizure review Exclusionary Rule redefined and explained.Weeks and Mapp cases significance?School searches and TLO case.DEBATE:The exclusionary rule as applied allows criminals to get off on technicalities. CHAIRS
5Topic #3 Due Process in 5th and 14th Amendments. DEBATE: Distinguish the difference between substantive and procedural due process.Outline the incorporation aspects of the due process clause.Review the Escobedo, Miranda, and Gideon cases.Discuss death penalty cases.DEBATE:The death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. CHAIRS
6Topic #4Define the “Reasonableness” Standard and Substantial Relationship Standard with examples.Discuss Reed & Rostker cases as examples.Review ERA attempts, legislation and exceptions.DEBATE:Women should be required to register for the selective service draft. CHAIRS
7Topic #5 Discuss abortion and privacy. Discuss Roe v. Wade & related cases.Use amendments to emphasize the rationale of the decision.DEBATE:Abortion should remain legal. CHAIRS
8Topic #6 Define Affirmative Action. Cases to support: Bakke, Bolliger, Gratz & Fisher decisionsDefine and examine Constitutional rationale of programs.DEBATES:Affirmative Action is a form of reverse discrimination. CHAIRS
9Topic #7 Gays and the Constitution DEBATE: Right to privacy issues in Griswold & Lawrence case.Gay marriage issues in Hollingsworth & Windsor cases.DEBATE:State bans on gay marriages should be declared unconstitutional. CHAIRS