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Review the simulation “You are a Supreme Court Justice Deciding on a Free Speech Case.”
Read Appendix B: Briefing and Analyzing Cases in Constitutional Law.
Choose a U.S. Supreme Court case that covers the First Amendment (free speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition). Do not use any of the cases mentioned in the “You are a Supreme Court Justice” simulation.
Use the Supreme Court of the United States website (www.supremecourt.gov) to locate a case.
Follow the FIRAC model in Appendix B to brief the case.
Complete the FIRAC Worksheet provided.
Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.
Appendix B: Briefing and Analyzing Cases in Constitutional Law offers a model to brief a court case. FIRAC stands for Facts, Issue, Rule(s), Analyze, and Conclusion. Read about this model and see an example of it in Appendix B. Then, select a United States Supreme Court case on the First Amendment and complete a FIRAC analysis using the worksheet below.
SUPREME COURT case:
FACTS: Lay out the facts of the case. (200 words)
ISSUE: Identify the legal issue.(50 words)
RULE: What provision of the First Amendment applies to the issue you have defined? (50 words)
ANALYZE: Analyze the case, applying the law to the facts of the case. (300 words)
CONCLUSION: Draw a conclusion. (200 words)
Hall, D. E. & Feldmeier, J. P. (2012). Constitutional law: Governmental powers and individual freedoms (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.