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The U.S. COUrt System

Landmark ‘SCOTUS’ Case – Group Project





* GROUP 1 – FAMILY PLANNING & MARRIAGE

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

Griswold v. Connecticut

Loving v. Virginia

Obergefell v. Hodges

Roe v. Wade


* GROUP 2 – SEARCH & SEIZURE

Mapp v. Ohio

New Jersey v. TLO

Safford Unified School District v. Redding

Terry v. Ohio

Vernonia School District v. Acton


* GROUP 3 – FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Gitlow v. New York

Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier

Morse v. Frederick

Texas v. Johnson

Tinker v. Des Moines


* GROUP 4 – DEATH PENALTY

Furman v. Georgia

Gregg v. Georgia

Kennedy v. Louisiana

Roper v. Simmons

* GROUP 5 – RELIGIOUS FREEDOM & SCHOOL PRAYER

Cantwell v. Connecticut

Engel v. Vitale

Everson v. Board of Education

Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe


* GROUP 6 – SCHOOL SEGREGATION & CIVIL RIGHTS

Boy Scouts of America v. Dale

Brown v. Board of Education

Korematsu v. United States


GUN RIGHTS

District of Columbia v. Heller

McDonald v. Chicago
* GROUP 7 – GOVERNMENT

Citizens United v. FEC

Gonzales v. Raich

United States v. Nixon


LEGAL RIGHTS

Gideon v. Wainwright

Miranda v. Arizona
* GROUP 8 – SODOMY

Bowers v. Hardwick

Lawrence v. Texas
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Grutter v. Bollinger

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke



Required (…will be on test, 24 total)

  1. Boy Scouts of America v. Dale – homosexual rights and private organizations

  2. Brown v. Board of Education – school segregation and civil rights

  3. District of Columbia v. Heller – gun rights

  4. Engel v. Vitale – religious freedom and school prayer

  5. Everson v. Board of Education – freedom of religion, private schools and busing

  6. Furman v. Georgia – death penalty

  7. Gideon v. Wainwright – assistance of counsel and the right to an attorney

  8. Gitlow v. New York – freedom of speech and press, criminalized speech

  9. Gregg v. Georgia – death penalty

  10. Griswold v. Connecticut – birth control and contraception, women’s rights

  11. Grutter v. Bollinger – affirmative action

  12. Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier – freedom of speech in schools

  13. Kennedy v. Louisiana – the death penalty

  14. Lawrence v. Texas – sodomy laws in the United States

  15. Mapp v. Ohio – protection from unreasonable search and seizure

  16. McDonald v. Chicago – gun rights

  17. Miranda v. Arizona – legal rights in the Bill of Rights

  18. New Jersey v. TLO – search and seizure in public schools

  19. Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. Bakke – affirmative action

  20. Roe v. Wade – abortion and women’s rights

  21. Terry v. Ohio – protection of unreasonable search and seizure, protection of law enforcement

  22. Texas v. Johnson – flag burning and symbolic speech

  23. Tinker v. Des Moines – protesting Vietnam and freedom of speech in public schools

  24. United States v. Nixon – the power of the President and the legal system


The U.S. COUrt System

Project Requirements Visual Report & Presentation Name: __________________________________


Directions: Conduct a thorough search of your Landmark ‘SCOTUS’ Case. As you are conducting your research, compile the following information into a neatly and professionally organized oral & visual presentation.
The overall grade for your presentation is worth 80 TOTAL POINTS.


  1. Name of the case & year the OPINION was issued by the SCOTUS. – 5 points




  1. Summarize the BACKGROUND of case thoroughly & in detail (TELL A STORY! …if the case has a “cool” background, talk about it). – 10 points




  1. explain the constitutional issue at hand. (think specific amendments, freedoms, liberties, civil rights, etc.) – 5 points




  1. How did the Supreme Court rule? Give an explanation. (if it is necessary, include a quote from one of the justices’ opinions). – 15 points * *




  1. What is the significance of the case? Why is the Supreme Court’s decision important/significant/profound? Give an in-depth explanation. – 15 points * *




  1. Give YOUR OPINION of the issue at hand, what would you have ruled if you were a Supreme Court Justice? – 5 points

* Was your presentation interesting? ...Enthusiastic? Were you a ‘good sport’ about presenting? – 10 points


* VISUAL PRESENTATIONDOES IT INCLUDE ALL SIX REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH ONE OF YOUR CASES? DOES IT HAVE COLOR & REFLECT YOUR CREATIVITY? DOES IT INCLUDE PICTURES & INTERESTING VISUALS? – 15 points * *

Become an “EXPERT” on your Landmark ‘SCOTUS’ Case, make sure you understand all the important details of your case before you present!




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