Attorney/Justice assignments can be found here.
Resources for the case can be found here:
SCOTUSblog: Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer (most comprehensive site)
Oyez: Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer
Street Law: Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer
Tasks for Attorneys:
Preparation for oral arguments (15pts)
- Each attorney team must read their respective brief and conduct thorough research on the assigned case and prepare a summary. Basically a brief of the brief. This summary shall consist of the following points:
- The facts of the case→who is involved? what happened? when? where?
- The constitutional question: what is the real issue of the case?
- A brief summary of related cases (at least three other cases) and legal arguments
Amicus Curiae (10pts)
- The attorney team should read at least one amicus curiae brief for your side.
- Summarize the brief including who filed the brief, arguments presented to the court, and an analysis of their submittal of an amicus curiae brief (1-2 pages).
Oral Arguments (10pts)
- Each attorney must present oral arguments to the court. The team of lawyers needs to decide how they want to divide up the responsibility (opening statement, closing statement, handling different legal arguments/questions, etc).
Tasks for the Justices:
Preparation for the oral arguments (15pts)
- Each student pair will review the case and cases that are similar or that can be used as precedents. A thorough knowledge of the factors involved in the case will help you in your ruling.
- Find and research a minimum of two cases that are relevant to this case. You will find the names of these cases cited in the briefs for each side. Summarize those cases, including how your justice ruled (if applicable). Each summary should be approximately 1 page long (Summary of the case, question presented, decision and rationale, 15pts)
Oral Arguments (10pts)
- Each Justice pair should prepare a typed list of questions to be asked during the arguments. These questions should be related to the constitutional questions involved in the case. Five questions directed at the petitioners and five questions directed at the respondents should be prepared. At least one question should be asked from this set of questions during each day of oral arguments. (10pts)
The Opinion (10pts)
- Students (Justices) will listen to the arguments made by each side and will have the opportunity to question the attorneys.
- Each Justice (not pair) will have to write an opinion immediately after final arguments (1-2 paragraphs, due when you come to class on Wednesday)
- On Wednesday, Justices will have a conference and discuss their initial opinions and take a vote on the case. Using the individual opinions, collectively write a majority and dissenting opinion (1-2 pages)
Schedule for Thursday (Yearbook Signing)