Part I: How the Courts Address or Respect Our Rights as Citizens – Outline
Read/review the following resources for this activity:
Â· Textbook: Chapter 11, 12
Â· Minimum of 2 scholarly sources in addition to the textbook.
This assignment is comprised of 2 parts, the first of which is due this week. Part II will be due in Week 7.
In Part I this week, choose a case from your state that involves civil rights or civil liberties that was decided by the United States Supreme Court. If your state does not have a case that was decided by the United States Supreme Court, choose a civil rights case from another state for which the United States Supreme Court issued a decision.
Here is a brief description of civil rights and civil liberties: Civil rights refers to equal social opportunities under the law. It gives you these freedoms such as the right to vote, the right to public education, or a fair trial, among other things, regardless of your wealth or race. Civil liberties mean freedom of religion, equal treatment and due process under the law, and the right to privacy.
You should be able to go online and look up your state and famous cases decided by the Supreme Court. For example,Â
Brown v Board of EducationÂ (1951) started in Topeka, Kansas, and ended up in the Supreme Court of the United States. Another example would beÂ
Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v Steve Sisolak, Governor of NevadaÂ (2020) that started in Nevada and ended up in the United States Supreme Court. A good source of information about cases decided by the United States Supreme Court is www.scotusblog.com. Other sources can be researched online using search terms for â€œcivil rights cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.â€ Be sure to use a caseÂ
actually decided by the United States Supreme Court, and not a case decided by your stateâ€™s supreme court or a different court. A case that is still pending before the United States Supreme Court shouldÂ
notÂ be used. If you are unsure, please contact your ProfessorÂ
BEFOREÂ you pick your case and submit the assignmentÂ
as this is a significant part of your overall grade.
Research your court case and write an outline of the case that you will be using to prepare a presentation, which will either be a narrated PowerPoint, a Kaltura Video, or some other format as approved by your instructor.Â
If you are unsure, then verify the presentation format with your instructor before starting work on this assignment.
This week’s assignment should include (a) summary of the case; (b) a case outline; and a summary.
Summary of the Case
In one or two paragraphs, provide a general overview of the case that serves as a snapshot of w