Law in the Schools
Each fall, DBA members volunteer to address middle or high school classrooms within Dallas ISD. Basic teaching materials are provided and the time commitment is approximately 3 hours. This is an easy way to make an impact with young students.
Dates: November 18-22, 2013
WikiLeaks: Should Assange be charged under the Espionage Act?: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was in hiding after his release of thousands of secret documents related to United States foreign policy. The U.S. Justice and Defense departments were determining whether they can charge the Australian citizen with a crime under the Espionage Act. Should Assange be prosecuted? What about the newspapers in the U.S. who published the stolen classified documents?
Anti-Cyber Bullying: The ABA Antitrust has developed a series of consumer video vignettes, along with lesson plans and teaching aids, for educating high school students on the consumer problems they and their families typically face with Cyber-bullying. Link: http://apps.americanbar.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=AT320250
Tinker vs. Des Moines: The 1969 landmark case of Tinker v. Des Moines affirmed the First Amendment rights of students in school. The Court held that a school district violated students’ free speech rights when it singled out a form of symbolic speech – black armbands worn in protest of the Vietnam War – for prohibition, without proving the armbands would cause substantial disruption in class. Link: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/resources/educator-resources/lessons-plans/landmark-cases-and-the-constitution/tinker-v-des-moines-1969/.
- Are they Watching You?: The Constitutional principle of due process, which holds that government must interact with citizens according to duly‑enacted laws, balances the rights of suspects with public safety. The Fourth Amendment was added to the Constitution to ensure we would be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. But do all searches require a judge-approved warrant? How do we know which ones do? Further, surveillance technology has posed challenges to the meaning and application of the Fourth Amendment, and understandings of “reasonable,” “papers and effects,” and “search” have changed over time. Understanding, analyzing, and applying the Fourth Amendment is vital to maintaining the freedom the Founders sought to protect and the principle of due process. Link: http://billofrightsinstitute.org/resources/educator-resources/lessons-plans/current-events-and-the-constitution/are-they-watching-you-elesson/
Landmark Court Cases that Texas Students Need to Know for their Assessment Tests (available through the State Bar of Texas Oyez, Oyez, Oh, Yay project):
For the Middle School Level:
For the High School Level:
Here’s an Idea: Split the class in half and plan a Debate between the following cases above:
1. Sweatt v. Grutter
2. Mapp v. Miranda