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We were assigned to cut out newspaper articles and write a summary and a "legal issue"...

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lcorreia | eNoter

Posted May 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM via iOS

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We were assigned to cut out newspaper articles and write a summary and a "legal issue" summary.  What does a legal issue summary involve ?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 12, 2013 at 7:43 PM (Answer #1)

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This is really something that you should confirm with your instructor.  Different teachers might well mean different things when they give such an assignment.  It is really important that you know what your specific instructor wants.

When I assign such things, I want to see a summary of the legal issues involved in whatever the article is about and I want to see the student pay some attention to what a court might be likely to rule if there were a legal case arising out of the events discussed in the article.  For example, let us say that a student picked an article about a demonstration by the Westboro Baptist Church at a funeral and a counterdemonstration by supporters of the people involved in the funeral.  I would expect the student to be able to understand that this case brings up issues having to do with First Amendment protections.  I would expect them to be able to discuss issues of content-neutral, “time, place, and manner” restrictions on speech.  I would expect them to be able to discuss what would happen if the bereaved family sued to stop Westboro or if Westboro sued the counterprotestors.

Again, though, teachers will differ as to what they expect.  I strongly urge you to contact your own instructor about this

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