Law Day Live Lesson Plans

 Law Day Live Cyberbullying, Piracy, and Sexting

Cyberbullying, Internet Piracy, and Sexting

Technology has made it possible for individuals to share more of themselves with a cellphone or an online computer.

Social sharing allows for anonymity, which can lead to inappropriate uses of technology, such as sexting or engaging in cyberbullying. It also allows individuals to download pirated content or share copyrighted materials with others with the click of a mouse.

A question facing teachers, parents, and students concerns the impacts of technology on how individuals express themselves. What are the limitations on the freedom of expression?

This lesson plan looks at the issues of cyberbullying, internet piracy, and the problem of sexting among teens. Utilizing news stories and articles, the lesson explores the limitations of expression, reviews pornography laws and their impacts on minors, and helps students better understand copyright and piracy laws.

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  Law Day Live Relief from Unlawful Imprisonment

The Great Writ: Relief from Unlawful Imprisonment

A core American principle – fiercely advocated by John Adams – is that America is a nation of laws, not men, and criminal defendants deserve due process and legal representation, whether or not they can afford an attorney.

John Adams was a resistance leader and patriot, advocate and diplomat, constitutional theorist and political activist, who became our nation's first lawyer-president in 1797. Just five years before the American Revolutionary War began he represented the British officer and soldiers charged with firing into a crowd of protesters and killing five civilians in the "Boston Massacre."

This lesson plan looks at the issues of habeas corpus - freedom from unlawful arrest - the historical and contemporary role of lawyers in defending the rights of the accused, and the fundamental principle of the rule of law. It also features a historical review of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals. Using the 2010 Academy Awards Short List film, The Response, the lesson covers important legal issues concerning habeas corpus leading the students to make the final decision about a prisoner's fate.

The American Bar Association recognized this Law Day Live lesson plan with the 2011 Outstanding Law Day Activity Award for creative student engagement and the excellence of the program.

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Law Day Live Government, Privacy, and You

The Government, Privacy, and You

As early as 1890, Justice Louis Brandeis defined privacy as simply the right “to be left alone.” In the following years, that definition has grown to mean that privacy is the right to keep secrets from others as well as the right to keep anyone from intruding into your private space.

The notion of privacy has played a unique role in American society as well as its history, yet it is never directly mentioned in the United States Constitution. Despite no direct mention, the amendments of the Bill of Rights do reflect the concerns of the framers around specific areas of privacy. The Fourteenth Amendment expanded ways to address those concerns.

The case, Hiibel v. Nevada, looked directly at the issue of privacy. This case focused on whether or not an individual who is not driving has the right to keep his or her name secret from the police.

This lesson plan looks at privacy in schools, explores the rights of students, and uses real-world examples to encourage student participation.

The American Bar Association recognized this Law Day Live lesson plan as the 2012 Outstanding Law Day Activity for its creative content and excellence of the program.

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Law Day Live Equality for All

Realizing the Dream: Equality for All

This lesson plan presents the theme of “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” The theme was selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1963, during the Proclamation’s centennial, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and called upon our nation to live up to the great promise, enshrined in its founding documents, of equality for all. Five decades later, the inspirational words of Rev. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech continue to resonate and challenge us to live up to our national ideal of equality under the law.

This lesson plan presents equality through review of legal cases, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and class discussions on the nature of equality in a free society.

These issues of equality were presented during Law Day Live 2013 in Nevada. Three unique court cases were presented before the Nevada Supreme Court by students from Las Vegas, Reno, and Winnemucca. The cases reviewed issues of immigration, the role of diversity in college admissions, and the propriety of voter ID laws.

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Law Day Live Why Every Vote Matters

American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters

One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”

The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.

This lesson plan presents the importance of voting by reviewing important cases that have shaped voting rights in the United States.

In 2014, six teams from Nevada high schools argued cases affecting voting rights in relation with the theme of “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” Three unique court cases were presented before the Nevada Supreme Court by students from Elko, Las Vegas, Reno, Virginia City, and Winnemucca.

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