CJS/LGS/SOC 321 Law, Society and Social Science

Cliff Donn

Fall 2015 7

Office R-415, Ext. 4467


e-mail: donn@lemoyne.edu


STRUCTURE OF PRESENTATIONS: Each student will have a formal role in two sets of presentations (and each student will have an informal role in all presentations and is expected to be present for all). First, each student will be part of a team of three or four presenting the case on one side of a legal controversy. So, for each topic, there will be six to eight student presentations, three or four on each side of the issue. In addition, there will be a "judicial panel" consisting of a group presenting a different topic for each topic and each student in that group will be assigned to ask at least one question of a particular presenter during the presentation. Judges may ask more questions and may ask them of other presenters if they choose. After the judicial panel asks its questions, other members of the class will be given the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters. All such questions will be part of the student's class participation grade Finally, the judicial panel will be asked to assess which side has made the more convincing presentations.

CONTENT OF PRESENTATIONS: The form of each presentation is that of an amicus curae brief on the issue in question. Team members should consult with each other adequately to assure that each such brief covers a different aspect of the topic and they will choose the order of presentation to produce a logical sequence of arguments. In particular, the briefs should highlight studies and particular social science evidence that cast light on the issue and that support the presenter's position. Opinion and ideology are not desired. Material for the presentations may include scholarly articles (including optional readings from the course reading list), statutes, and court decisions. Other materials may be used as well but opinion pieces, popular media, blogs, etc. will not be useful.

EVALUATION: Presenters will be evaluated on the style of their presentations, the quality of their research, and their evaluation of the evidence they present. Judges will be evaluated on the insight they show in the questions they ask.

MATERIAL TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE INSTRUCTOR: All presenters must submit their briefs to the instructor at the end of the presentation. Each should be three to four double-spaced pages long (Arial font, twelve point, one and a half inch margin on the left side). Each should carefully cite any articles or cases used in preparing the presentation. Each brief should have at least four scholarly sources cited. Citations should include the individual page numbers where the cited material is located. If you are unsure as to citation style, see the link on the course home page.

In addition, all presenters must send their presentation to the instructor as an e-mail attachment. The attachment must be a single file and it should be named with the course number, the presenter's last name and first initial and the word "case." Thus Cliff Donn's file would be 321donnc-case.

TOPICS: The topics for class presentation will be selected early in the semester from those listed below. If you would like to add a topic to this list for consideration, suggest it within the first three weeks of the semester.

If you would like to see an example of what a "legal brief" looks like there are two attached here. Both involve an arbitration case rather than a court case but the idea is the same. One is the brief filed on behalf of the employer (a school district in this particular case) and the other is the brief filed by the union in that same case.

Topics and Teams for Class Presentations (2017)

The Death Penalty Should be Enacted in New York State (Presentation Tuesday, 11/21. Jury Thursday, 11/16)
In Favor                                 Opposed
John Hurley                          Michael DeBottis
Heather Leake                      Mohammed Hussein
Tyquon Rolon                       Larissa Maier
                                            John Ringwood

Federal Law Should be Amended to Make It More Difficult to Purchase Fire Arms (Presentation Tuesday, 11/28. Jury Tuesday, 11/21)
In Favor                                 Opposed
John Clare                            Abashmattie Deodat
Connor Gilgallon                  John Lara
Rea Puka                             Martina Van Noy
Michael Schmidt

Marijuana and Cocaine Should be Legalized for Recreational Use Throughout the United States (Presentation Thursday, 11/30. Jury Tuesday 11/28)
In Favor                                 Opposed
Cody Barnes                         Hannah Frank
Hannah DeLude                   Michaela Mancini
Connor Kettle                       James McDonagh
                                             Kendall Vecchio

Federal Law Should be Changed So that States Can Adopt a Legal Drinking Age of 18 (Presentation Thursday, 11/16. Jury Tuesday 11/30)
In Favor                                 Opposed
Arsen Bagiryan                    Selena Craw
Brittany Daniels                   Malik Mozeb
Matt Pabis                             Alexis Shaughnessy
Christine Tremblay                 Alyssah Brown