INTRODUCTION TO LAW
WRITING ASSIGNMENT TWO
(1) Develop a thesis (answer) for your paper.
What I am looking for is a preliminary introductory paragraph where you present your thesis and provide a brief roadmap for how you will advance that thesis in your final paper. This paragraph should also introduce the reader to the case.
(2) In bullet format, identify the arguments on both sides of the issue(s) you identified as the primary issue(s) in the case you have chosen. That is, identify the arguments from the perspective of the petitioner and the respondent (the plaintiff and the defendant). Use the legal standard / test the court applied to organize these arguments. Provide sufficient detail to allow for evaluation of the arguments and development of rebuttals.
In developing this outline, I recommend you read the briefs filed by both parties with the Supreme Court. These filings can be found on www.scotusblog.com.
In addition, review the cases you have cited as key cases the Supreme Court will most likely rely upon in its decision. From these cases you can find the legal standard / test(s) the court has used in the past when deciding similar cases.
For your final paper, you are going to incorporate all of your research and discuss the case, along with arguing how you think the case should be decided. You will examine the underlying precedent and you will explore the arguments on both sides of the issue raised in your case. In your thesis, you will specify how you think the court should decide the case and you will advocate, throughout the paper, for that resolution, while also exploring all sides of the case.