Research the life and some of the significant cases for which this justice has prepared the Court’s written opinion

Directions

:

The purpose of this exercise is for you to become familiar with the working of the federal courts, in

this case the U.S. Supreme Court. It is an Article III (of the U.S. Constitution) study to

ol. Please follow these

instructions carefully.

1.

Visit the United States Supreme Court website at

www.supremecourtus.gov

2.

Select a current Supreme Court Justice.

3.

Research the life and some of the significant

cases for which this justice has prepared the Court’s written

opinion.

4.

Prepare a research paper that addresses the following issues:

a.

A brief (two paragraph) biography of the subject.

b.

What is the justice’s ideological orientation: liberal, conservative

, strict constructionist, etc.

c.

Discuss two to three significant opinions that this justice has drafted

either as majority

opinions, concurring opinions, or dissenting opinions. Your discussion should include the

justice’s decision in the case, the Cour

t’s decision, the justice’s reasoning, and its effect on

American jurisprudence.

d.

If you were the justice, would you have come to the same conclusion? Was this holding “good

law?” Why??

Address these issues in a paper of four (4) to five (5) pages in le

ngth. The paper should be typed, double

spaced,

1” margins, with a font size no larger than 12 point, nor smaller the 10 point.

Undertake as much outside

research as necessary to adequately answer the questions

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