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US v Wrights

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AJ Schiera

on 10 March 2011

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United States v. Wrights (2010) The Case The Calendar Day Five: A Brief on Briefs Day Eight: Formulating Arguments Day Six: How a Case Gets to Court Day Nine: The simulation In 2006, Congress passed "Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act," which prohibits certain types of protests/ demonstrations at cemeteries run by the national government
In 2009, Lt. Joey Freelind was killed fighting in Iraq. His family held a small ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery
The Granny Peace Brigade, led by Charlene Wrights, used the ceremony to protest the war in Iraq. A U.S. District Court found them guilty of violating the RFAFHA.
Wrights appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, that the law violated her First Amendment rights. She won.
The U.S. appealed to the Supreme Court, which granted a writ of certiorari.
Oral argument was scheduled for April 8, 2010 at the Furness Federal Courthouse. Lesson Overview Student Response Student Work Student Response Teacher Reflection Student Response Student Work Teacher Reflection Lesson Overview Student Work Lesson Overview Teacher Reflection Lesson Overview Student Response Student Work Teacher Reflection 1. Do now: Review of WebQuest
2. Take oath to become a U. City Supreme Court justice
3. Notes on how a case gets to the Supreme Court, what happens when the Supreme Court accepts a case, legal briefs
4. Scaffolded analysis of briefs received from Furness: whole class, then pairs
Summarize, strengths, weaknesses, questions U. City arrives at Furness
Furness lawyers present opening argument and then rebut each other's arguments. U. City justices take notes.
U. City justices ask questions of one or both sides.
Furness lawyers present closing arguments.
U. City justices write individual opinions, then conference
U. City justices deliver majority and dissenting opinions. 1. Do now: How does one make a persuasive argument?
2. Overview of legal briefs
3. Review Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier brief
4. Role assignments:
Brief specialists (writers and lawyers)
Support team (writers and lawyers)
Rebuttal team (writers and lawyers)
5. Closure Scaffolding, scaffolding, scaffolding...
Appearances can be deceiving
The importance of trust and support
(Time) 1. Housekeeping
2. Formulating arguments
Brief specialists: finalizing briefs
Support team: opening argument
Rebuttal team: anticipated arguments
3. Clean up VS. Time!!!
Scaffolding/ Differentiation
Kids feel good = I feel good Time and timing...
Lots of priorities, just 48 minutes, just 4 days to oral argument Support Team Brief Specialists Rebuttal Team Showed what they know-ed
Legal... moral... personal... but aren't the real Supreme Court justices human, too?
What extra prep might have helped?
Don't get me started on the stresses of field trips... so I won't. general
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