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You are responsible for completing the following deliverables this semester.
Success in this course will require you to do more than simply appear in class twice a week and answer an occasional question. I expect that all of my students will be prepared to actively participate in our in class discussions since that is a key way to take as much away from the course as possible. Please review the Engagement Rubric in the Engagement section of this site.
Our conversations are ongoing so you must engage your classmates with commentary, reaction and/or analysis both in class and online. Remember, conversation ” … is a form of interactive, spontaneous communication between two or more people …” and generally, ” … written exchanges are usually not referred to as conversations.” The good news is that Teams will allow us to engage in either synchronous or asynchronous written exchanges that will stand in for conversations.
You will complete this deliverable by posting your materials to the appropriate channel in Teams.
We will examine twelve cases decided by SCOTUS during the 2019/2020 term. These cases focus on constitutional law, immigration, presidential immunity and trademarks, among others.
You will join one of six teams that will be responsible for the management of all aspects of a case analysis. Each team will be responsible for the analysis of two cases as described in the Course Schedule. Each case analysis will be developed and shared in your team’s OneNote Notebook and will include three parts.
- Case analysis narrative, in a minimum of 3,000 words. Each narrative will include the materials necessary to support the team’s analysis. The narrative, and materials, should include, but not be limited to (a) the basis of the case (including a review of lower court and related decisions) and, (b) a discussion that provides context for the case from a legal, ethical, social, cultural and political perspective.
- A narrated, self-running Powerpoint presentation to share their analysis, allowing their classmates to be full prepared for each in-class discussion.
- Moderation of the scheduled discussion of the case analysis.
You will use your Teams CA channel to collaborate with your team and memorialize your discussions and supporting materials including, for example, web sources, documents and multimedia content for each case. Be sure to carefully review the materials included in Writing on a Digital Platform and Writing and Research.
You will complete this deliverable by posting your memo to the appropriate channel in Teams.
We will complete two case simulations this semester. Links to the materials related to each case simulations are in the Course Schedule.
Each case simulation requires two phases.
The first phase will require you to review materials in the text. You will also study a case that examines issues related to the simulation topic, focusing on facts, a statutory excerpt and case law. Based on your knowledge of the particular area of law as a whole, you will then compose a neutral memorandum (not to exceed 750 words) that outlines each legal issue present with a short explanation of the applicable legal rules or doctrine. The sources of law for this memorandum are the text’s chapter on the area of law as well as any applicable statutory and case law. Your perspective is not that of an advocate. Rather, your analysis is as objective as possible in spotting any and all potential issues that could arise in the case and opine as to the likelihood of success on each point. You will complete this phase of the assignment individually. Be sure to carefully review the materials included in Writing on a Digital Platform and Writing and Research. Never post a Word or Google doc or pdf.
During the second phase you will prepare for an in-class Q & A discussion of the issues presented by the materials included in the first phase. You will be assigned to a team that will advocate for one side or the other during the discussion.
I will evaluate the following factors when I assess your contributions to the simulations:
- Phase 1: Assessment will be based on the clarity of your writing, spelling and grammar, document appearance and satisfaction of form requirements; articulation of all potential issues presented and the quality and depth of analysis. You will complete Phase 1 individually. Your issues memorandum should reflect a thoughtful, substantive and well-reasoned summary; and
- Phase 2: Assessment will be based on your mastery of the issues under consideration, contribution to the preparatory work of your team and participation in the give and take of the in-class discussion.
The following weights will be assigned to each component of your final grade:
- Engagement (20%)
- Case Analysis #1 (20%)
- Case Analysis #2 (20%)
- Case Simulation #1 (20%)
- Case Simulation #2 (20%)