Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Rule of Law

What is Rule of Law? We defined "Rule of Law" by saying it meant no one was above the law. Going beyond the basic definition, students discovered that "Rule of Law" provides order and security to its citizens, police procedures, consequences for convicted criminals, procedural fairness, access to justice, divides power among branches of government, and provides laws that the citizens see as worthy so they respect the law and follow the law. Digging deeper, go to World Justice Project's definition for rule of law; World Justice Project Rule of Law map; and Democracy Web's Map of Freedom. These websites rate countries on how well they meet aspects of rule of law.  Go to the CIA's World Factbook for information on the type of government each country has.

Friday, May 12, 2017

So hello medical mysteries!

This is the last quarter that Legal Studies will be offered.  I have enjoyed teaching, in some form, this curriculum for the last nineteen years.  Next fall, I will be part of a medical-law blended curriculum called "Medical Mysteries" and my co-teacher and I are very excited about the way the course is shaping up.  Crime scenes will remain, but emergency preparedness will include students learning CPR.  Privacy rights will be learned by examining the saga of Typhoid Mary, and what can public health demand of citizens.  It has been a pleasure to work with each student this quarter, this semester, this year.  Have a great summer, and much success at the high school next year!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Winding Down

We have completed the investigation into the death of Edward Brooks.  Students presented their findings to a grand jury yesterday.  Six indictments were issued.  For the remaining time prior to testing, students will discuss free speech rights and what rights they have at school.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Twelve Angry Men

We concluded our trial unit this week by discussing how jurors are selected, Supreme Court opinions that guarantee the right of citizens, no matter race or gender, to serve on jurys, and then watched the 1957 classic Twelve Angry Men.  Students tracked the votes of a juror of their choice and did a final writing about how their juror demonstrated responsibility or irresponsibility in his voting.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Courtroom Careers

Students are preparing for a mock trial next Tuesday.  We have discussed the roles of judge, bailiff, court reporter, clerk, defense attorney and prosecuting attorney.