Week of Monday, October 27 through
Friday, October 31
This week we will continue learning about
freedom cases. We will have another guest
speaker on Thursday, when Mr. Blaum will come give
us insights into the legislative history of the case we
will study this week. After
that we will begin reading cases related to LGBT
rights, which will lead us into our final simulation of
the term. We are in the home stretch.
The work is getting harder, but you are all
doing very well; keep up the good work!
Monday, October 27, 2014 (45 min)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (50 min)
Topic: Summary of important information about the case. This is a complicated one, no question about it! You might have time in class to work on doing the reading, but if you do, it won't be much.
Homework: Finish up the reading. Tomorrow's class will consist of each of the three groups having 10 minutes to present the key issues that were raised in the opinions they read. Remember to focus on the pre-highlighted stuff.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (45 min)
Thursday, October 30, 2014 (45 min)
Topic: Guest presenter Mr. Blaum will come by to give us the perspective of how legislators react to judicial opinions, as well as the background of the law that was partially overturned in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. He will also give some insights into the role that abortion plays in American politics.
Homework: Please read the syllabus and majority opinion in Bowers v. Hardwick. I would also like you to read the concurrences by Justice Powell and Chief Justice Burger as well as the dissents by Justice Stevens and Justice Blackmun. Justice Blackmun's is the only one that is really long. Do your best to read them for tomorrow, and come to class with a brief to turn in.
Friday, October 31, 2014 (45 minutes)
Topic: Discussion of Bowers.
Homework: None. Catch up with reading if you need to.